Essential Amino Acids

Proteins are made up of smaller molecules called amino acids – these are the building blocks needed for growth, maintenance and repair. Some can be produced by our own body, while we must get others from the foods we eat.

If you’re consuming animal products such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs, or dairy on a daily basis then you’re probably getting an adequate amount of protein. Animal protein provides all the essential amino acids in the right ratio, since animal tissues are very similar to the human kind.

For vegetarians, it is more challenging. To get enough of the essential amino acids needed it may be necessary to supplement with whey or soy protein products to obtain daily requirements.

Without protein, life as we know it would not be possible.

Fasting to Kick-Start Your Weight Loss

dreamstime_m_5546688Fasting can play an important part in getting you started to lose weight and is beneficial for overweight and obese individuals. A fast can last as little as 12 hours or can be extended to a period of 7 days.

Intermittent fasting has been embraced by many religions as a form of cleansing and great ancient personalities like Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Pythagoras promoted water fasting as a way to remove toxins and impurities from the body.

Research has shown that fasting may reset your immune system and in the process, increase mental clarity.  It is, however, important to stay hydrated during the fasting period and drinking lots of water is recommended.

One of the easiest ways to get started is with a 24 hour fast, starting at noon after lunch, skip dinner that day and breakfast the next morning and you can eat lunch again after the 24-hour period. Drink lots of water – stay occupied or meditate and you will benefit by having better focus, more energy and a great start towards a weight loss program and a healthier lifestyle..

Quantum Connection

Quantum is the Latin word for amount and is used to describe the smallest possible unit of any physical property, such as energy or matter. This framework is responsible for any number of bizarre phenomena—theoretical cats that are simultaneously dead and alive  and particles miles apart that can communicate instantaneously. [Read more…]

Original Ancient Grains

Due to the interest in living healthier lifestyles there is a renewed interest in ancient grains. A rise in food allergies is making wheat and especially gluten one of the most controversial foods in recent years.

Research has shown that ancient grains often provide a richer source of nutrients such as protein, Vitamin B2, iron, phosphorus, copper, selenium, manganese, magnesium, calcium, zinc and many others. They are also less likely to be problematic for persons with food sensitivities, but special attention should be paid to grains containing gluten.

Ancient grains are more nutritious and have less likely been modified. In addition to the health benefits, many people like the taste of these ancient grains, such as quinoa, amaranth, kamut and spelt which are often distinctive in flavour, texture and diversity.

10,000 years ago these ancient grains were first cultivated in the fertile Crest at the dawn of the agricultural revolution and then introduced to Asia, Europe, Northeast Africa, India and Arabic peninsula.

Ancient grains and seeds have come to us from past generations and remain true to their original form. Also known as heritage or heirloom grains, these ancient grains are just as nature intended them to be – simple and healthy.

Most people limit their grains to wheat, barley, corn, oats and rice, but ancient grains can add variety to the diet and are worth exploring.

Vaccination – Immunization

Vaccination - ImmunizationVaccination is the administration of antigenic material (vaccine) to stimulate adaptive immunity for a disease. Vaccines can prevent or ameliorate the effects of infection by many pathogens.

Inoculation is the placement of something that will grow or reproduce, and is most commonly used in respect of the introduction of a serum, a vaccine or antigenic substance into the body of a human or animal, especially to produce or boost immunity to a specific disease.

It can also be used to refer to the communication of a disease to a living organism by transferring its causative agent into the organism.

Today the terms inoculation, vaccination and immunization are used more or less interchangeably and popularly refer to the process of artificial induction of immunity against various diseases. The micro-organism used in an inoculation is called inoculant or inoculum.

Four different types of vaccines are currently available.Biosynthetic, Quantum, Healing

-Attenuated – (weakened) live virus is used in the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), polio and the chickenpox vaccine.

-Killed – (inactivated) vaccines are made from a protein or other small pieces taken from a bacteria. These vaccines are considered to be safe, even in people with weakened immune systems. Influenza shots are an example of this type of vaccine.

-Toxoid vaccines contain a toxin or chemical made by the bacteria or virus. They make you immune to the harmful effects of the infection, rather than to the infection itself. Examples are the diphtheria and tetanus vaccines.

-Biosynthetic vaccines contain human-made substances that the immune system recognizes as infectious organisms.

Most vaccines are given by hypodermic injection as they are not absorbed reliably through the intestines. Live attenuated polio, some typhoid and some cholera vaccines are given orally in order to produce immunity based on bowels.

Like many medications, there is always the chance that an immunization can cause side effects. To minimize chances of adverse reactions the health of the child (or adult) at the time of vaccination is of outmost importance.  Read more…

 

Sexual Activity and Hair Loss

In Chinese medicine, which has its roots in Taoism, it is widely accepted that there is a direct correlation between kidney/adrenal health and the health of the hair.

It has been recorded in both Taoist (Chinese) and Ayurvedic (Indian) medical texts for thousands of years that there is a connection between sexual activity in men and hair loss. It is maintained that excessive emission by men during intercourse or otherwise puts tremendous stress on the kidneys and results in pattern hair loss for those genetically predisposed. [Read more…]

Stiletto Heels in Great Demand

dreamstime_m_44608766-There is no denying that high heels and platform shoes are very popular . The history of high heels dates back many centuries and there are some fascinating facts about high heeled shoes and their origin.

Foot wear has changed through the times and the first stiletto heels date back to about 1000 BC. Throughout history they took on various roles and besides having functional value they were an indicator of social stature and importance.       

High heels are defined as a shoe that has a heel positioned higher than the toe box. In the past high heels have been a symbol and defined the differences between social classes and the sexes.  They have also served as a symbol of class as they made women’s movements appear more elegant by these elevated heels.

Stiletto heels are particularly associated with sexuality and the image of the “femme fatale”. They are often considered to be a seductive item of clothing and have been featured in popular culture in this context.

The slender stiletto heel staged a major comeback in the early 2000’s when young women adopted the style for dressing up office wear or adding a feminine touch to casual wear, like jeans.

All high heeled shoes give the illusion of a longer, slimmer leg, a smaller foot and overall greater height. They alter the wearer’s posture and gait, flexing the calf muscles and making the bust and buttocks more prominent.  it takes practice to create the illusion of a natural and balanced movement.

Wearing Stiletto heels concentrates great pressure and a large amount of force into a small area. This pressure is greater than that of the feet of an elephant and can even cause damage to soft flooring, including carpets and vinyl coverings. The stiletto heel is also most impractical for outdoor wear on soft ground, such as grass, sand or mud.

DNA – The Genetic Blueprint

dreamstime_s_33103768-DNAAt the center of every living creature on the planet is a blueprint of its genetic makeup. This is called DNA and it influences everything from the organisms’ physical structure to its appearance and even its mental processes. It is interesting to note however, that for all our vast differences, our DNA is actually a lot more alike than different. However it is those slight disparities that make humans so different from animals.
Given the vast physical differences between humans and animals, it is interesting to note just how similar DNA is, a code comprised of 4 nucleotides or types of molecules known as adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine.
In each and every single creature, the order of the previously mentioned adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine are switched around and this order will determine what the organism will be, and how it will work. Depending on this arrangement, the organism may develop scales, appendages, skin, and various other body parts and features.
There is basically no difference between human and animal DNA except for its underlying codes and the actual amount of DNA present, which may vary from species to species and in the order in which the code is assembled.  Read more…

 

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder

dreamstime_m_35188315-Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD primarily affects people during the fall and winter season. It is a form of depression, with periods of being sad, angry or irritable and may leave you feeling more tired than usual.

The shorter days and the lack of sun light, especially in areas located far from the equator can disturb your internal clock and you may feel the need to sleep more than usual.

Presumably, food was scarce during most of human prehistory, and a tendency toward low energy during the winter months would have been adapted by reducing the need for calorie intake. Hibernation is an extreme example, but even species that do not hibernate often exhibit changes in behavior during the winter months.

In the fall cravings for carbohydrates to prepare for the season ahead are common and weight gain is often experienced during these times of low energy and with less time spent outdoors it is getting progressively worse as the winter season continues.

Seasonal mood variations are believed to be related to light. Treatment with a light box (Bright Light Therapy) has been proven to be effective and should be started in the early fall and continued throughout the long winter months. Once the days get longer towards the spring and summer the symptoms usually fade away gradually and healthy eating and outdoor activities will prevent the weight gain to become permanent.dreamstime_m_35188315-

If You Have A Heart Attack – Insist On This

dreamstime_m_21122666-If you end up in the emergency room with a heart attack, make sure you insist on a 2 cc injection of magnesium sulfate.

In double-blind, placebo-controlled scientific study, they looked at 273 patients who were admitted to the hospital for a heart attack. The study published in one of the most prestigious medical journals revealed that after 4 weeks, the people who received the magnesium, only 7% died versus 19% who did not get the magnesium. That means magnesium cut the death rate a walloping 63%.

What was interesting is the fact that the study indicated that the people in the study were given far less than the 2 cc of magnesium recommended above.

Furthermore, the injection of magnesium decreased arrhythmias by 55%. Remember having a heart arrhythmia is one issue doctors are seriously concerned about following a heart attack.

In another study in the same medical journal approximately ten years later revealed that magnesium produced a 24% reduction in the number of deaths in one month after the heart attack.

Besides the proven benefits for victims of a heart attack, another study showedpeople who were given IV magnesium had a 76% reduction in death from a fatal blood clot.  And by the way this same study showed that aspirin made no difference.

It is in your best interest to insist that your doctor check your magnesium levels. However, don’t settle for the serum magnesium commonly ordered by most physicians. This test only evaluates the extracelluar magnesium which makes up only 1% of the magnesium in your body. You want your doctor to order the goal standard “intracellular magnesium test” which gives you the “real” picture of your level of magnesium in your body.

Your best protection is to keep your magnesium level high enough to possibly prevent having a heart attack in the first place. Considering that government studies show the average American diet only provides 40% of the magnesium that we need in a day, your best protection against a heart attack is to keep your magnesium level high enough. The best absorbed form of magnesium I’ve seen in 31 years is Magnesium Chloride Solution 200 mg/cc, and use half teaspoon once or twice a day.

 

 

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S

References:

Rasmussen HS, et al, Intravenous magnesium in acute myocardial infarction, Lancet, 234-5, Feb. 1, 1986

Woods KL, et al, Intravenous magnesium sulfate in suspected acute myocardial infarction: Results of the Second Leister Intravenous Magnesium Intervention Trial (LIMIT-2), Lancet, 339: 1553-8,1992

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