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How To Deal With People Who Drain Your Energy

It’s extremely important to protect yourself from negativity, to prevent it from influencing your mood, energy levels, health and behavior. If you find your mood changes immediately and you instantly become someone else in the presence of certain people, this is a good indication that you have handed your power over to them and have given up taking responsibility for yourself.

The best thing to do is simply be yourself, be true to who you are and what you believe in, and be positive and sincere. Maybe, just maybe, your behavior and energy will produce a more positive experience for everyone and create a whole new experience. You never know — you might be able to help a negative person alter their way of thinking in the direction of a better way of living. Those who are ready for you to show up in their lives will sit up and take notice, and those who aren’t, won’t.

A negative attitude can be highly contagious, but a positive attitude can be infectious too. Spread your infection of positivity on to others, and if they want to catch it, wonderful; if not, you gave it your best shot. All you can then do is ensure that you learn to detach emotionally from the negative person; otherwise, you may find yourself in dangerous territory.

Trying to change a defiant, negative person to help them see the light may seem like a kind and compassionate gesture, but to them, if they don’t agree with what you are saying, they’ll fight you and refuse to accept that what you are saying is true. They may be in denial, so let them be and just focus on being you. Replace the negativity you’re getting from them with something that makes you happy. 

Also, bear in mind that if you want to be accepted as you are, you also need to be willing to accept others as they are by allowing them to live and be who they choose to be. It’s important that you find balance in your life and not become consumed with those around you who like to try and bring you down, as this will help keep you grounded and sane.

A great indication to see how much progress you’ve made is to place yourself around those who have always irritated you the most, the people who put you in a frenzy and know how to push your buttons, or in an environment that has always caused you copious amounts of stress. Pay attention to how you react and notice what surfaces. If something triggers you, it may simply be a reflection of something inside yourself.

As hard as it may be to believe, these types of people can often be our best teachers; they’re presented to us as opportunities to learn and grow. We can generally learn a lot about ourselves from the people who pour salt into our wounds and ruffle our feathers. What We try to do is remain true to ourself  by staying balanced, centered and detached. That way We don’t get as easily caught up in their toxic ways.

If you find yourself being lured into negativity, it’s a sure sign that you’ve not truly mastered yourself. All that simply signifies is that there’s still some work to do. Believe it or not, once you awaken and reach a place of higher consciousness, you’ll readily take responsibility and accept that no one and no circumstance has the power to control how you feel, respond or behave.

For your Good Health.

ALTmed Lifestyle  Clinic.

 

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The Seven Most Acidic Foods

Cola has to come in at number one and I could write a whole thesis on why. But let’s just touch on the main points as to why I quite literally never touch colas, lemonades, sports drinks and other fizzy, carbonated beverages. Full of sugar, chemicals, sweeteners and ingredients that are actually known and proven as being dangerous for human health (hello phosphoric acid).

It’s almost impossible to know where to start with listing out how SHOCKINGLY BAD cola and soft drinks are for our health (and chemically addictive), so I’ll start with the ingredients and then move onto the research that proves just SOME of the health problems that cola causes (again, proven).

  • Sugar: colas contain sugar. Loads and loads of it. About 10 teaspoons per 330ml can. This. Is. Crazy. Remembering that sugar is more addictive than cocaine, it would be very wise to begin your transition away from cola and sodas right now. Today. As Mercola says “It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects. Most sodas include over 100 percent of the RDA of sugar.”
  • Phosphoric Acid: known to interfere with the body’s ability to use and absorb calcium, this is one of the main reasons why cola consumption is so strongly linked to osteoporosis
  • Caffeine: caffeine is of course not only highly acidic, but also a cause of dehydration (as a diuretic). Most colas would contain around 55mg of caffeine, which is just shy of the 65mg found in a shot of proper espresso. This is a LOT of caffeine to get from a beverage that isn’t even coffee! Caffeine has also been shown to increase the risk of insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects and more.
  • High-fructose modified corn syrup: geez, where do you even start with HFCS. Unquestionably linked to obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, liver failure, kidney failure and more. It’s no surprise to find that since the US consumption per person of HFCS went from 0 to 60 lbs per person per year obesity has tripled and diabetes has grown seven-fold. Of course, there are other variables but you can’t ignore this. Now I could go into a LOT of depth here on HFCS but let’s just leave it here. It’s a horrible, horrible curse that has been put upon our modern society by the food industry in the last few decades. Thank goodness for people like Dr Mark Hyman and others – we’re all smartening up!
  • Other random chemicals: While the federal limit for benzene in drinking water is 5 parts per billion (ppb), researchers have found benzene levels as high as 79 ppb in some soft drinks, and of the 100 brands tested, most had at least some detectable level of benzene present
  • Aspartame: the worst of the worst when it comes to sweeteners (and the reason why diet sodas and colas are just as bad as the regular kind), aspartame is the sweetener with over 92 different health side effects that have been associated with it’s consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilispsy/seizures and more.

And the simple fact is, sugar, caffeine, HFCS, sweeteners are all HIGHLY acidic foods, and sodas contain them in abundance.

Let’s put it like this – you can’t be alkaline and consume cola on a daily basis.

But here are some other scary facts about regular cola/soft drink consumption:

  • The British medical journal “The Lancet” published a study showing that, during a two year study, those 12-year olds who drank soda on a daily basis had a 60% increase in the risk of obesity!
  • One cola per day can increase your risk of diabetes by up to 85%
  • Sheffield University research discovered that the chemical called sodium benzoate which is found in almost all colas and soft drink actually disrupts and damages DNA! The researcher reported that “And there is a whole array of diseases that are now being tied to damage to this DNA – Parkinson’s and quite a lot of neurodegenerative diseases, but above all, the whole process of aging.”
  • and so much more!

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Known Negatives of Cola/Soda: cola consumption is linked to an increased risk of: obesity, diabetes, liver damage, tooth decay, chronic kidney disease, heartburn/reflux, osteoporosis, heart disease, gastrointestinal diseases, cancers, gout and so much more.

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2. Ice Cream

All dairy is acidic (yes, milk is not good for you and doesn’t lead to stronger bones, it actually leads to weaker bones) but ice cream is the worst because it’s just so dense! Something that is always scary is the amount of something alkaline needed to neutralise a strong acid – the ratio is 20:1.

That means it takes 20 cups of something alkaline to neutralise 1 cup of a strong acid. Unfair isn’t it? This ratio is certainly true of milk – it would take 20 glasses of alkaline water to neutralise 1 glass of milk. Not good. But it actually works out that it would take twelve times as much, that’s 240 cups of something alkaline to neutralise ONE cup of ice cream! Crikey! This makes ice cream one of the most acidic foods you can possibly consume!

It’s that bad. Truly.

Personally, if I ever have even a little bit of ice cream I feel tired instantly and get a headache. It’s instant. I hate the stuff for it. It literally couldn’t taste good enough for me to want to eat it and get that response in my body. It takes 12lbs of milks to make 1lb of ice cream – always remember that.

And this doesn’t even take into consideration the additives, colourings, sweeteners and other chemicals and acidic substances that go into ice-cream to make it so addictive and sweet.

Ice cream is an easy one to get rid of. Do it!

[note, if you need any more convincing, I just found this on forbes.com about vanilla ice-cream:]

If you’re a label-reader like me, you may see castoreum listed on vanilla & raspberry ice cream. Ick factor: What they don’t say on the label is that castoreum is the anal secretions & urine from a beaver. While not known to be harmful, knowing there’s beaver pee in your ice cream may help you cut empty calories!

Hope that helped!

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Known Negatives of Ice Cream/Dairy: one of the most concentrated acidic foods, mucous forming, causes acne, heightens allergies, contains hormones, pesticide residues, microforms, mycotoxins, saturated acidic fats, lactose, bacteria, can lead to bone weakening, weight gain and digestive issues, high impact on cardiovascular health.

Scientific Research: 

1. Soedamah-Muthu SS, Ding EL, et al; Milk and dairy consumption and incidence of cardiovascular diseases and all-cause mortality; American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2011 Vol 93 no 1, 158-171

2. Adebamowo, CA, D Spiegelman, CS Berkey, et al. Milk consumption and acne in adolescent girls. Dermotol Online J. 2006;12:1

3. Lanou AJ, Berkow SE, Barnard ND. Calcium, dairy products, and bone health in children and young adults: a reevaluation of the evidence. Pediatrics. 2005;115:736-743.

4. Feskanich D, Willett WC, Colditz GA. Calcium, vitamin D, milk consumption, and hip fractures: a prospective study among postmenopausal women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2003;77:504-511.

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3. Sugar

Sugar is sugar is sugar. It’s at the root of all acidity!

Sugar is quite literally an acidic waste product that for acids in the body is like petrol on a fire. And this counts for all sugar, white, brown, raw, cane, corn, malts, honey, molasses, sucrose, fructose (yes fruit), lactose, maltose, glucose and anything else ending in -ose.

Now, I know this isn’t exactly an easy one to give up entirely and so it sticks out in this list a little (and this article as a whole) but I do want you to start to lower the amount of sugar in your life and move slowly away from it. It’s at the root cause of all sickness and disease.

All sugars cause a rapid rise in blood sugar, which then creates an environment for the creation of bacteria, yeast and mold within the body (i.e. a hugely acidic digestive system, candida overgrowth, digestive issues, mal-absorption of nutrients and any sickness or disease you can think of).

The worst thing is, of course, the more sugar the body gets, the more acidic it gets, and so the more it craves – to keep feeding these acidic microforms. As I said earlier – sugar is more addictive than cocaine – and so the only way to cut this off is to alkalise the body and slowly transition away.

Giving up sugar is normally really hard, but with the alkaline approach – the more alkaline you get the less you’ll crave. It makes it so much easier and less stressful to give up this drug.

But as you look at our sugar consumption increase over the past 300 years, it’s clear to see that something needs to be done:

Refined Sugar Consumption Trends in Past 300 Years:

In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year.
In 2009, more than 50 percent us consumed 1/2 pound of sugar per day, which is 180 pounds of sugar per year.
In 2016 I am sure it’s even more. The trend just keeps going up and up as the food manufacturers KNOW that it’s the way to keep us addicted to their products.

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Known Negatives of Sugar: highly acidic, inflammatory, oxidising, endocrine distrupting, cancer-causing, diabetes starting, disgustingly addictive and the root of all sickness and disease!

Scientific Research: 

1. Bostick M et al. Sugar, meat, and fat intake, and non-dietary risk factors for colon cancer incidence in Iowa women (United States). Cancer Causes & Control January 1994, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 38-52

2. Michaud DS et al. Dietary Sugar, Glycemic Load, and Pancreatic Cancer Risk in a Prospective Study. JNCI J Natl Cancer Inst (2002) 94 (17): 1293-1300.

3. Slattery ML et al. Dietary sugar and colon cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev September 1997 6; 677

4. Meyer KA et al. Carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and incident type 2 diabetes in older women. Am J Clin Nutr April 2000 vol. 71 no. 4 921-930

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4. Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Fats/ Trans Fats:

As healthy as the healthy oils (omega 3, 6 and 9) are to the body, the wrong fats are devastating. We all know just how bad the bad fats are, and we’ve been told about them for many decades (clogged arteries, heart disease, cancer etc). Animal fats, cheap vegetable oils, butter and (worse, much worse) margarine, trans fats and a lot of saturated fats (coconut aside) are all absolutely shocking for our health.

Trans fatty acids, also known as trans fat, is an artery-clogging fat that is formed when vegetable oils are hardened into margarine or shortening. It’s found in all of the most acid-forming foods – takeaways, fried foods, refined foods, cakes, biscuits, chocolates and chocolate snacks, chips, pizzas etc. You know the drill.

The consumption of trans fats is one of the main causes for the current obesity epidemic and absolutely a huge reason for the diabetes epidemic. Trans fats are proven to increase blood levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, while lowering levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL), known as “good” cholesterol. The swines!

Sadly, and truthfully, many food companies use trans fat instead of oil because it reduces cost, extends storage life of products and can improve flavour and texture.

Bear in mind too, and you’ll know this if you’ve seen Hungry for Change, you’ll know that the three ingredients that food companies use to get us addicted to these acidic foods are the acid-forming-combo of fat, sugar and salt.

Steer clear of these fats!

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Known Negatives of Trans Fats/Hydrogenated Fats: artery clogging, raised ‘bad’ cholesterol and lowered ‘good’ cholesterol, high impact on cardiovascular health, obesity, cancer, diabetes and more.

Scientific Research: 

1. Mozaffarian D, Katan M et al. Trans Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease. N Engl J Med 2006; 354:1601-1613 April 13, 2006

2. Erkkilä A, de Mello VD, Risérus U, Laaksonen DE. Dietary fatty acids and cardiovascular disease: an epidemiological approach.Prog Lipid Res. 2008 May;47(3):172-87.

3. Mensink R, Katan M. Effect of Dietary trans Fatty Acids on High-Density and Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Levels in Healthy Subjects. N Engl J Med 1990; 323:439-445 August 16, 1990

4. Salmerón J et al. Dietary fat intake and risk of type 2 diabetes in women. Am J Clin Nutr June 2001 vol. 73 no. 6 1019-1026

5. Van Dam M R et al. Dietary Fat and Meat Intake in Relation to Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Men. Diabetes Care March 2002 vol. 25 no. 3 417-424

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5. Monosodium glutamate: Chinese SALT

Monosodium glutamate, also known as sodium glutamate or MSG, is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, a non-essential amino acid. Even though it was classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) the FDA still stated that:

“Studies have shown that the body uses glutamate, an amino acid, as a nerve impulse transmitter in the brain and that there are glutamate-responsive tissues in other parts of the body, as well.

Abnormal function of glutamate receptors has been linked with certain neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s chorea. Injections of glutamate in laboratory animals have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain.”

Eeek. If the FDA are saying things like this then it’s time to get worried…

Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon and author of “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills” explains that MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death (the same as aspartame and other sweeteners which we’ll get on to), causing brain damage to varying degrees and possibly even causing the worsening of learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease plus more. Wow.

MSG was always known as being something that we only found in Chinese food. This is very misleading – it’s everywhere. Well, it’s everywhere if you eat a lot of refined and fast foods. MSG is a very powerful flavour enhancer so it’s used in products such as crackers, chips, microwave meals, canned foods etc in order to make them taste fresher and more flavoursome.

MSG is hidden in lots of foods within ingredients, so look out for the following on your food labels: Autolyzed Yeast, Calcium Caseinate, Gelatin, Glutamate, Glutamic Acid, Hydrolyzed Protein, Monopotassium Glutamatem, Sodium Caseinate, Textured Protein, Yeast Extract, Yeast Food, Yeast Nutrient.

…and is often found in Flavors and Flavorings, Seasonings, Natural Flavors and Flavorings, Natural Pork Flavoring, Natural Beef Flavoring, Natural Chicken Flavoring, Soy Sauce, Soy Protein Isolate, Soy Protein, Bouillon Stock Broth, Malt Extract, Malt Flavoring, Barley Malt, Anything Enzyme Modified, Maltodextrin, Pectin Enzymes, Protease, Corn Starch, Citric Acid, Powdered Milk, Anything Protein Fortified, Anything Ultra-Pasteurized

[props to Mercola for his research on MSG]
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Known Negatives of MSG: highly acidic, numbness, burning sensations, tingling, facial pressure, chest pains, breathing difficulties, headaches, nausea, weakness, fatigue, obesity, kidney failure & more
Scientific Research: 

1. Ka He, Liancheng Zhao, et al. Association of Monosodium Glutamate Intake With Overweight in Chinese Adults: The INTERMAP Study. Obesity, 2008; Volume 16, Number 8, pp. 1875–1880.

2. Olney, JW, Ho OL. Brain Damage in Infant Mice following Oral Intake of Glutamate, Aspartate or Cysteine. Nature, August 8, 1970; Volume 227, pp. 609 – 611.

3. Redding T.W. · Schally A.V. · Arimura A. · Wakabayashi I. Effect of Monosodium Glutamate on Some Endocrine Functions

4. Nakanishi Y et al. Monosodium glutamate (MSG): A villain and promoter of liver inflammation and dysplasia. Journal of Autoimmunity Volume 30, Issues 1–2, February–March 2008, Pages 42–50

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6. Yeast:

Having too much yeast in the body is predominantly the most acidic thing we can do, and also the biggest cause of acidity!

When we consume yeast, it’s like we’re throwing acid after acid into our body. The outcome of this is that your body is constantly in a state of absolute acidity and the worst thing is the consumption of yeast and the body’s production of yeast is a vicious cycle – the more yeast we throw in, the more yeast we have in our system and the more acids the growth of these yeasts creates, which then feeds the yeast to grow further. Here is my super-simple-diagram to help explain what happens when we keep consuming yeasts, sugars (which turn into yeasts) and more:

In an acidic state, the body is constantly being ravaged. The stress of maintaining this level of alkalinity is just too much and so we get sick, tired and full of disease.

Yeasts from bread, pasta, alcohol, baked goods and anything that is made from yeast can cause huge microform overgrowth!

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Known Negatives of Yeast: highly acidic and used in so many other acidic foods, kidney stones, digestive issues, liver complaints, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, candida, fungal infections and more.

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7. Sweeteners:

I’ve kept this broad as ‘all sweeteners’ because they’re all pretty bad, even the natural ones. BUT from here on presume I’m talking about the super-commercial artificial ones (not the stevia types).

If you use these sweeteners in your daily diet – please stop asap! They’re SUCH bad news for your health and are one of the most acidic foods (or ways to make a food much more acidic) that you can consume!

And worse still, many are truly not proven as safe for human consumption. Let’s look at Splenda. At the time of it’s approval for the FDA it was claimed it was proven as safe after the review of 110 pieces of research. However, further investigation of that research uncovers some interesting facts:

  1. Of these 110 studies only TWO were human studies
  2. The longest human study lasted FOUR DAYS!
  3. It included only 30 participants
  4. And the study was on tooth decay not our health!

This just goes to highlight another example of the complete and utter bull***t that exists out there when money talks.

The REAL story is this – use of Splenda has been shown to decrease our healthy stomach bacteria by up to 50%.

Ultimately, whichever brand you use you’ll be ingesting one or more of the following: aspartame, saccharine, neotame, sucralose, acesulfame and or cyclamates. These are all highly acidic to the body. For instance, when ingested, aspartame breaks down into formaldehyde in the body!

Please just don’t let them into your body!

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Known Negatives of Sweeteners: highly acidic, carcinogenic, migranes, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, loss of taste and linked to a worsening of Parkinson’s fibromyalgia, Alzheimers, thyroid disorders and many more.

Scientific Research: 

1. Maher T J , Wurtman R J . Possible neurologic effects of aspartame, a widely used food additive. Environ Health Perspect. 1987 November; 75: 53–57.

2. Mead N. Sour Finding on Popular Sweetener: Increased Cancer Incidence Associated with Low-Dose Aspartame Intake. Environ Health Perspect. 2006 March; 114(3): A176.

3. Vartanian LR et al. Effects of Soft Drink Consumption on Nutrition and Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. American Journal of Public Health: April 2007, Vol. 97, No. 4, pp. 667-675.

4. Yang Q. Gain weight by “going diet?” Artificial sweeteners and the neurobiology of sugar cravings. Yale J Biol Med. 2010 June; 83(2): 101–108.

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What Next >> The Alkaline Diet Fundamentals: The Easy Way to Rock It

I’m all about mastering the fundamentals. The core handful of super-effective stuff that will make the biggest amount of difference (80/20 rule). This, to me, is much more preferable to trying to aim for perfection and doing it all at once. And in all of my experience this has helped me get more than 4,000 people alkaline and living in their dream body, with their dream health, vitality and energy – while enjoying the process.

If you can master the few simple, core fundamentals then you’ll get 80% or more of the benefit with only 20% of the hard work needed.

I’m going to be talking about this a lot in the next few weeks and months, but right now I want you to consider this guide as being one of the core fundamentals.

Here are a few of the others:

  1. Eat the seven most alkaline foods daily – especially the greens
  2. Transition away from the seven most acidic foods
  3. Stay properly hydrated with good quality alkaline water
  4. Exercise daily – even if just a 15 minute walk or some squats or something! (note: it’s the habit that’s important
  5. Consume omega 3 oils daily
  6. Get plenty of alkaline minerals
  7. Get sunshine and smile!

And even if you want to narrow that down I’d say: greens, oils, hydration & alkaline minerals. Get those four every day and you’ll see huge improvements.

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Homocysteine

One of the Best Objective Markers of How Healthy You Are :

As a general marker of overall health status, few tests carry greater predictive weight than homocysteine.

The amount of homocysteine in your blood is one of the best objective indicators of how healthy you are and how long you are going to live.

A high blood level of homocysteine is a reliable risk factor for each of the following:

Myocardial infarction (heart attack)

Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)

Cancer

Diabetes

Thyroid-related health challenges

Neurological conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

Depression

Infertility

Chronic Pain

Digestive Disorders

For the past 20 years, It’s  noticed something interesting. Many of  heart patients have something in common: High blood levels of a simple, typically harmless amino acid called homocysteine. 

I say “typically harmless,” because when levels are normal, it’s not a problem. However, when you have too much of it in your body it can affect the health of your arteries. Too much of it irritates the lining of your blood vessels and prevents them from dilating. This increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. 

You won’t hear about homocysteine in news stories about heart health. The big drug makers play down the importance of this critical factor. They haven’t figured out a way to make any money from it. Instead, big pharma would prefer that you spend your money on expensive and dangerous cholesterol-lowering drugs like Lipitor and Zocor. 

But the fact is, homocysteine levels are a better predictor of heart disease and stroke, than cholesterol. If you have elevated levels of homocysteine in your blood, you arethree times more likely to have a heart attack than someone with normal levels of homocysteine, regardless of your cholesterol levels.20 

Homocysteine is not only a predictor, but also a cause of heart attacks. Excess homocysteine keeps your blood vessels from opening up, or “dilating,” properly. This decreases blood flow at critical times. Inadequate blood flow to the heart causes heart attacks. Inadequate blood flow to the brain causes strokes. 

What exactly is homocysteine?

Homocysteine is an amino acid that your body makes from another amino acid called methionine. You obtain methionine from many of the protein-dense foods that you eat on a regular basis, such as sunflower seeds, eggs, and fish.

Normally, homocysteine found in your blood gets converted into two substances called SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine) and glutathione. Both SAMe and glutathione have health-promoting effects. Specifically, SAMe helps to prevent depression, arthritis, and liver damage. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant and detoxifying agent that helps to slow down aging.

Put another way, you want your body to efficiently convert homocysteine into SAMe and glutathione.

Conversion of homocysteine to SAMe requires the following nutrients:

Folate

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B2

Zinc

TMG (trimethylglycine – from choline)

Magnesium

And conversion of homocysteine to glutathione requires the following nutrients:

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B2

Zinc

When your body does not efficiently convert homocysteine into SAMe and glutathione, the amount of homocysteine in your blood rises.

A high blood level of homocysteine hurts your health in the following ways:

High Homocysteine Speeds Up Oxidation and Aging

Normal metabolic processes that occur in your body are constantly producing free radicals, which are unstable forms of oxygen, also called oxidants. The pace at which you age depends in large part on your body’s ability to protect its tissues against these free radicals. High homocysteine significantly increases free-radical oxidation in your body and the damage that comes with it.

High Homocysteine Causes Damage to Your Arteries

High blood levels of homocysteine can damage cholesterol that is found in your blood, which can lead to direct damage of the walls of your arteries. This can lead to a series of reactions that results in thickening of the walls of your arteries, leaving less room for proper circulation. This whole process is commonly referred to as atherosclerosis.

High homocysteine can also cause your blood to have a higher than normal tendency to clot, which increases your risk of developing a dangerous clot that could lead to a stroke.

Finally, high homocysteine is known to significantly lower nitric oxide in your blood. Nitric oxide is a gas that is critical to maintaining healthy and flexible arterial walls.

High Homocysteine Causes Your Immune System to Weaken

When a high blood level of homocysteine is the result of inefficient conversion of homocysteine to glutathione, your body has less glutathione and the antioxidant activity that it provides. With less glutathione and antioxidant activity in your blood, your cells are more susceptible to damage by free radicals, which accelerates overall aging.

High Homocysteine Increases Pain and Inflammation

A high blood level of homocysteine promotes higher blood levels of arachidonic acid and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), which are chemicals that your body uses to promote inflammation. While inflammation is necessary for healing in the short term, chronic inflammation can cause lasting structural damage to various tissues like your arteries, joints, and nerves.

Ultimately, because a high blood level of homocysteine accelerates aging and decreases the strength of your immune system, it is not a stretch to say that having high homocysteine over the long term significantly increases your risk of every chronic health condition that we know of, including many varieties of cancer.

If homocysteine is such a powerful marker for disease, then why is it that we hear so little about it from doctors and in the media?

The answer is simple. Currently, there are no patented drugs that are designed to lower blood levels of homocysteine. With no patented drugs for lowering homocysteine, pharmaceutical companies have no incentive to spend their marketing dollars on educating doctors and increasing public awareness about homocysteine. Some doctors who know about the diagnostic value of homocysteine may be reluctant to order this test for their patients because they wouldn’t know what to prescribe for patients who have high levels.

Despite the lack of widespread testing for homocysteine, many cardiologists in the United States now use homocysteine in evaluating their patients. Many doctors in Europe are starting to include homocysteine along with the usual parameters in a routine blood work up. In Canada, general practitioners rarely order a blood test for homocysteine; if you want one, you have to ask your doctor to include it on the requisition that details the blood work that he or she wants done.

So, what is a healthy blood level for homocysteine?

A good resource for information on homocysteine is The H-Factor Solution*, by Dr. James Braly and Patrick Holford. Based on their review of numerous epidemiological studies on homocysteine, they have come up with the following table:

Homocysteine Level /. Health Status

Below 6 units.       10 percent of population.  Extremely low risk for disease

6 to 8.9 units.         35 percent of population. Low risk for disease, could be better

9 to 11.9 units.       20 percent of population. Significant risk for premature death     

                                                                         from degenerative diseases

12 to 14.9 units       20 percent of population.  High risk for premature death from 

                                                                           degenerative diseases

15 to 19.9 units.       10 percent of population.  Extremely high risk category, at risk 

                                   of suffering a heart attack, stroke, cancer, or Alzheimer’s 

                                    disease in the next ten to thirty years

Greater than 20 units.   Extremely high risk, right now, of heart attack and stroke.

What can you do if your homocysteine is high?

Here are steps that you can take immediately to reduce your homocysteine score and significantly improve your health:

Eat mainly healthy fats and oils.

Strive to make vegetables at least fifty percent of your diet.

Eat high-quality protein, foods like organic eggs, wild fish, legumes, dark green vegetables, and small amounts of nuts and seeds.

Don’t drink more than one cup of caffeinated coffee or tea per day.

Have no more than one cup of beer or red wine per day.

Work at reducing stress.

Don’t smoke.

Go easy on salt and salty foods. When you must use some salt, use small amounts of mineral-dense sea salt.

Be sure to have reliable whole food sources of the following nutrients in your diet:

Folate

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B2

Zinc

Magnesium

TMG (trimethylglycine – from choline)

To learn about a whole food supplement formula that I have found to be helpful for lowering homocysteine, have a look here: Homocysteine Care.

While I consider The H-Factor Solution to be an excellent resource for information on homocysteine, I encourage you to read article on synthetic vs. natural vitamins before you follow the authors’ recommendations on supplementation.

 For your Good health.

ALTMED CLNIC.

LAHORE / ISLAMABAD .

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STRESS

Stress is actually a normal part of life. At times, it serves a useful purpose. Stress can motivate you to get that promotion at work, or run the last mile of a marathon. But if you don’t get a handle on your stress and it becomes long-term, it can seriously interfere with your job, family life, and health. More than half of Americans say they fight with friends and loved ones because of stress, and more than 70% say they experience real physical and emotional symptoms from it including weight gain and a hampered lifestyle due to that.

In the past few months, I have met several people whom have struggled with one or more of these challenges; depression, anxiety, fatigue, sleeplessness or interrupted sleep, tension, and/or mental and physical exhaustion. Truthfully, I have found myself here as well. We become stressed out due to work demands, financial struggles, health issues, relationship challenges, traumas and the rigorous routines of life. Our world is growing in both its pace and intensity. We have more of the electronic world at our finger tips. Overall moral standards have declined, and both nation and worldwide problems are affecting us. How do we live in this world but not let it run us over?

Causes of work stress include:

• Being unhappy in your job

• Having a heavy workload or too much responsibility

• Working long hours

• Having poor management, unclear expectations of your work, or no say in the decision-making process

• Working under dangerous conditions

• Being insecure about your chance for advancement or risk of termination

• Having to give speeches in front of colleagues

• Facing discrimination or harassment at work, especially if your company isn’t supportive

Life nowadays is generally much more stressful than in the past. 

In the past, people spent much time at home with their family rather than now. This indicates togetherness as a main pillar of communication could be typically maintained as one of the solutions to reduce the sufferer of life. However, nowadays, people frequently have some action out of their home. As a result, the action might increase stress.

There are a number of reasons why people suffer from stress. Firstly, people spend much time in the office in which interpersonal relationship is massively built. This means many activities inquire regular contact with other people at work. Unfriendly partnerships with companions in the office and/or management could be a potential source of tensions. In addition, working pressure which is one of the stress archetypes can occur if people in work feel isolated or unfairly distributed.

Secondly, people suffer disproportionally under a diet program. It is the program which creates uneasy feeling and possible health issues because the diet diary involves extreme caloric restriction and fewer nutrients. When the fragile health issues undermine people, this might cause suffering. Finally, in the modern era, consumerism for some people is the main problem that could be paid attention because it is one of life style’s syndromes. Thus, the consumerism directly results ungratefulness.

Are stress, fatigue, and sleeplessness disrupting your life?

  • Do you feel wired all the time and have trouble relaxing?
  • Are you stressed out and anxious?
  • Do you often feel exhausted with little to no energy?
  • Are you tired during the day and then you can’t sleep at night.

You might be surprised to learn that fatigue, insomnia, and anxiety can be the signs of an adrenal imbalance – and there’s a lot you can do to find relief with natural support. This 21-questions will help guide you to what’s really causing your adrenal symptoms, so that you can find the relief 

Do you have the following signs and symptoms of an adrenal imbalance?

Signs & Symptoms

1 Difficulty falling and staying asleep

2 Wake up tired

3 Feel tired, especially in the afternoon

4 Experience energy crashes

5 Feel fatigued, drained, or exhausted throughout the day

6 Have nervous energy, or feel anxious or jittery

7 Crave sweets, carbohydrates, or sugar

8 Feel need for caffeine or other stimulants throughout the day

9 Crave salty foods

10 Temperature intolerance (inability to tolerate cold or hot temperatures)

11 Irritable, or unable to control temper

12 Cry for no apparent reason

13 Feel stressed almost all the time

14 Feel forgetful or absent minded

15 Experience heart palpitations

16 Frequently have infections, the cold, or the flu

17 Very sensitive to noise

18 Energy crash 1-3 hours after eating carbohydrates

19 Unexplained weight gain, especially around the middle

20 High blood sugar readings

21 High blood pressure readings with no history of hypertension

            Our nerves take quite a toll. They require proper nutrient uptake and rest to work optimally. The nervous system is composed of nerves that connect from our brain, down our spinal column and then branch out through our body. It is responsible for conscious and unconscious actions that are transmitted chemically through synapses. Other areas are affected as we experience stress; our digestive system providing nutrient uptake, our endocrine system secreting hormones to maintain body function, our liver processing hormones etc. and bowels eliminating old cells and waste. By supporting these systems and organs, we can reduce and even eliminate some consequences. As I have helped others and myself dealing with nervous disorders, I have discovered that lifestyle choices, diet and herbs ease the strain and provide great help for the body.

            Lifestyle choices: Some challenges in our lives we have little or no control over, but we can choose how we respond to them. Work on those things you can have an effect on and put those you cannot in the hands of your Creator.  Expressing gratitude for the things we do have, looking at the good around, forgiving ourselves and others lightens our load. Take time for self-care, eating wholesome and delicious meals, getting sunshine, regular exercise, a quiet walk ( I love barefoot on the earth), reducing excessive expectation, going to bed earlier, spend time with your loved ones, express love and give service to others. Find a counselor or good caring friend that can listen to you and provide perspective. Often we just need a listening, compassionate ear and then we have the courage to keep going. Working through emotion and grief helps support our hormones and nerves.

            Diet: Fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts and seeds provide the nutrients our body needs in carbohydrates, proteins and fats to keep the body strong and healthy. Avoid white sugar and soda pop! It leaches calcium from your body which is important for your nerve sheath health. Avoid processed foods, caffeine and eat animal products sparingly to prevent hormone imbalance. Eating wholesome foods when you’re in a hurry can really help. “Fast foods” I recommend are apples, carrots, grapes, celery, nuts, seeds and other seasonal raw foods. They take little to no preparation, are nourishing and delicious. When you do have time to sit down to a prepared meal, relax. Enjoy the time and the people you are with. This will help your digestion and relax your nerves.

            Herbs: Before I learned of herbs, I used medicines to combat depression and anxiety that made me feel numb and I didn’t see a positive change. I now choose these options.

Fresh valerian: It serves as a sleep aid. I take it just before bed to help me sleep through the night and to also help soothe and rebuild the nerve sheath.

Kava kava: This helps with anxiety, having a calming effect and rebuilding the nerves.

Dandelion: This helps the liver to process hormones and other substances out of the body.

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But the impacts of stress and how you deal with it can also play a role in development and status of chronic illnesses, particularly diabetes.

Considering nearly everyone is affected by stress and nearly two million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, this is a very important connection.

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You Should Get Your Level Checked

Vitamin D3.

Vitamin B12.

Cortisol

DHEA sulphate.

homocysteine 

Thyroid.

CRP.  

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ancient musical tones and frequencies that have the amazing potential to help your body heal itself and facilitate hard-to-explain results (many

would call them miraculous). 

 

Here’s a list of some of the things people are saying:

 

Erases feelings of fear and guilt

Replaces sluggishness and lethargy with quick, sharp energy

Corrects problems in your blood, muscles, joints … kidneys and liver – without dangerous drugs

Neutralizes immune system and hormonal imbalances

Almost instantly soothes feelings of unrest, anxiety, and depression

Restores full, healthy function to your heart, adrenal glands, and circulatory system

Experiences deep spiritual and emotional healing

Happiness is one of those things everyone could use a little more of. It not only feels good, but it’s good for your health, too. Positive outlooks and emotions are associated with reduced stress, improved life satisfaction, lower blood pressure, a reduced risk of mental illness, lower rates of inflammation, and a lower risk of heart disease.

Feeling better may take some practice. Adjusting your reactions or thought patterns isn’t particularly simple, but if you know what bothers you and why, you can get a good start.

Here are a few things you can do to increase your overall happiness.

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Mental health is just as important as physical health, and good moods, happiness, and life satisfaction all play a role in how you feel every day.

Our clinic specializes in the treatment of depression ………………using electronic Gemstones Therapy . This Class II  approved, research validated treatment uses non-invasive technology to stimulate the brain directly to reduce symptoms of depression  stress.  ….without using medication.,

Located in Lahore. ALTmed Lifestyle clinic accommodates a maximum of 14 residents. Altmed maintains an age policy where the minimum age is 18, and the maximum age is at the discretion of the administration. The minimum stay is three months; the average length of stay is eight months; the maximum stay is two years. Most residents have had multiple diagnoses and have been previously hospitalized, some for 10 years or more. Many have a history of suicide attempts, and a history of substance abuse is common.

Earth House combines a medical and an educational approach. Medicines and nutrients are prescribed by physicians. To complement medical treatment, the program requires a wholesome diet, daily exercise and the development of habits that will assist recovery and support continued good health. Because of the strong learning orientation, residents are referred to as students rather than patients.

The Earth House staff includes professionals with credentials in psychology, psychotherapy, social work, substance abuse counseling, and biochemistry. There are also teachers of nutrition, exercise, arts, crafts, dance, drama, writing, and literature. Orthomolecular physicians supervise the medical treatment of the students. A visiting nurse, a behavioral optometrist, a chiropractor, and an acupuncturist are also available.

Altmed Treatment Concept

Altmed offers psychiatric patients a unique and innovative alternative to current programs by providing a complimentary naturopathic model, focusing on wellness and health rather than illness and pathology. This lifestyle-changing program includes sound nutrition, a daily schedule of exercise, educational counselling , and support groups, combined with excellent medical and holistic care, employing state of the art healing method of Electronic Gem Therapy, reducing the requirement of psychiatric medication. Altmed clients are called students, rather than patients, as they are engaged in learning a new way of living that will help them overcome the challenges of day to stress, mental disorder, and depression.

In addition to medication, Altmed students take nutrients that have been prescribed by a physician in therapeutic doses to help restore normal balance in brain chemistry, allowing for lower doses of medication, reduced side effects, improved functioning, and fewer symptoms. Along with other components of the program, this greatly improves quality of life and compliance.

Gem stone medical equipment Delux IV has been officially tested : safety test in compliance with European Union legal directine for medical apparatus. This is manufactured in UK to BS EN ISO 9001.

Effective in itself, significantly short recovery time and enhancing results of other medical and psychological therapies. It provides an alternative where drug treatment is precluded. Patients find the treatment pleasurable and relaxing as well as effective and enduring.

 Gem Stones emit concentrated rays of pure colour.

concentrated rays of Gems influence cellular activity at an atomic level where gross chemical drugs cannot penetrate.

Gem stones have stable, inherent medical properties that anyone can use. These properties are independent of the person applying them. Therefore their use is consistent and repeatable.

It is a scientific fact that the frequency of the brain’s electrical activity is directly connected with health. In the case of anxiety and panic, the frequency of the electrical activity of the patient’s brain will be in high Beta, that is above 25 HZ. These frequencies are reflected in excess adrenalin, muscular tension and stress. Simply encouraging the patient’s brain activity towards Alpha, or 8.5 HZ will relieve the symptoms. Meditation or controlling one’s internal dialogue has the effect of lowering brain frequencies and producing endorphins, which act like morphine to reduce pain and increase pleasure.

We know from sleep studies that the body heals itself during sleep (Delta brain frequencies) and the mind heals itself through dreams (Theta brain frequencies). Directing Blue Sapphire rays and violet-filtered light, at each side of a patient’s head induces calming ‘Chi’ energy directly into the brain hemispheres. The experience is very pleasurable as the energy travels down, via the nerves, to every part of the body. Enhancing the gem and colour treatment with the Theta (dreaming) frequencies will induce a profound state of relaxation. This is accompanied by waves of pleasure which permeate the whole body. These ‘pleasure’ waves smooth out emotional disturbances. This therapeutic procedure is named ‘Samadhi’, or ‘Bliss’ therapy. 

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Stress is actually a normal part of life. At times, it serves a useful purpose. Stress can motivate you to get that promotion at work, or run the last mile of a marathon. But if you don’t get a handle on your stress and it becomes long-term, it can seriously interfere with your job, family life, and health. More than half of Americans say they fight with friends and loved ones because of stress, and more than 70% say they experience real physical and emotional symptoms from it.

Causes of work stress include:

• Being unhappy in your job

• Having a heavy workload or too much responsibility

• Working long hours

• Having poor management, unclear expectations of your work, or no say in the decision-making process

• Working under dangerous conditions

• Being insecure about your chance for advancement or risk of termination

• Having to give speeches in front of colleagues

• Facing discrimination or harassment at work, especially if your company isn’t supportive

Life nowadays is generally much more stressful than in the past. 

In the past, people spent much time at home with their family rather than now. This indicates togetherness as a main pillar of communication could be typically maintained as one of the solutions to reduce the sufferer of life. However, nowadays, people frequently have some action out of their home. As a result, the action might increase stress.

There are a number of reasons why people suffer from stress. Firstly, people spend much time in the office in which interpersonal relationship is massively built. This means many activities inquire regular contact with other people at work. Unfriendly partnerships with companions in the office and/or management could be a potential source of tensions. In addition, working pressure which is one of the stress archetypes can occur if people in work feel isolated or unfairly distributed.

Secondly, people suffer disproportionally under a diet program. It is the program which creates uneasy feeling and possible health issues because the diet diary involves extreme caloric restriction and fewer nutrients. When the fragile health issues undermine people, this might cause suffering. Finally, in the modern era, consumerism for some people is the main problem that could be paid attention because it is one of life style’s syndromes. Thus, the consumerism directly results ungratefulness.

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Ovarian cysts & PCO

Ovarian cysts refer to the development of cysts within ovarian tissue, and can range from being otherwise benign to cancerous. Up to 20% of all women have some degree of cyst formation in their ovaries at some point, although the vast majority are symptom-free. Ovarian cysts are often discovered by routine examination, or from the investigation of abdominal pain, discomfort, or pain upon intercourse. An ultrasound will indicate the presence of an ovarian cyst, but without performing a biopsy it is difficult to identify the kind of cyst. The most common form of ovarian cysts are physiological cysts, as well as those associated with polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD). Other less common types of ovarian cysts include the cystadenomas, fibromas, dermoid cysts, and Brenner cysts. Most cysts are symptoms free unless they rupture or twist upon their stalk (pedicle). Some cysts are malignant, and others, called functioning cysts, have the ability to produce hormones. 

Physiological cysts are simple cysts that do not produce hormones, and represent a deviation in the normal functioning of the ovary. Follicular cysts are formed due to a problem with the developing follicle in which the mature follicle either fails to release the ovum and continues to enlarge, or one of the developing follicles fails to disintegrate. The symptoms are minimal and require little in the way of treatment. Luteal cysts form during the luteal phase of the estrus cycle after the corpus luteum has formed. Typically the cysts are small and require no treatment, but sometimes the cysts will become quite large and be filled with blood. Luteal cysts may interfere with the normal cycle, delaying menstruation and can cause an alteration in blood loss during the period. Luteal cysts typically resolve after one cycle and require little in the way of treatment. 

If physiological cysts occur often however, the use of botanicals that regulate follicular growth and development such as Peony root (Paeonia lactiflora), True Unicorn root (Aletris farinosa), and False Unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum) are indicated.

Polycystic ovarian disease

The term ‘polycystic’ refers to the formation of many cysts within the ovaries. Polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) represents a dysfunction of the endocrinal activities of the ovaries, with erratic ovulation and menstrual dysfunction in association with a tendency to excessive androgen secretion. The signs and symptoms of PCOD are ovulatory failure, infertility, hirsutism, obesity, and abnormal menstruation. A smaller percentage of women with PCOD may also experience male pattern hair growth, a deepening of the voice, and a loss of feminine contour. Diagnostically, an ultrasound is used to detect ovarian cysts, and blood tests will reveal high levels of LH with relatively constant or low FSH. The differential diagnosis includes Cushing’s syndrome, adrenal hyperplasia, adrenal adenocarcinoma, hyperprolactinemia.

The causes of PCOD relate to the abnormal function of the ovaries, with the excessive production of androgens within the developing follicle. Obesity is recognized as an underlying factor, and about 40% of women with PCOD are obese. With obesity there is the increased conversion of ovarian androgens into estrone by the fatty tissues of the body by the enzyme aromatase, leading to chronically high estrogen levels. Obese women, and in particular those women with truncal or abdominal obesity, display a greater proclivity to insulin resistance, leading to elevated blood sugar levels, hyperinsulinemia, and a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Women with PCOD may also display abnormal adrenal function, with an excessive production of androgens that results in their conversion to estrone. High levels of estrone without the normal cyclic variation then stimulates excess LH production. This secretion of LH then adds fuel to the fire by triggering ovarian androgen production. Further, the levels of FSH, due to the high levels of circulating estrogens, remain suppressed. Low FSH reduces the ability of cells in the ovarian follicle to convert androgen into estrogen. Although elevated levels of LH are generally accepted as being caused by an androgen excess, some researchers have suggested that the cause may be abnormal hypothalamic function with the improper secretion of GnRH. This could lead to elevated LH levels, resulting in elevated androgens, which in turn, initiates LH secretion in a self-perpetuating cycle. Playing into this whole cycle of low ovarian estrogen, high peripheral estrogen, and excess androgen, is SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin). Normally, SHBG binds to both estrogens and androgens to reduce the bioactivity of these hormones. With obesity and elevated androgens however, the level of SHBG declines, and the masculinization effects of the excess androgens begins to be seen. 

The treatment of PCOD consists of reducing androgenic virilism, stimulating ovulation, correcting menstruation, and protecting the uterus and breast tissue from the cancerous changes caused by consistently high estrogen levels. If obesity is an issue then this must be addressed as well, as must the effects of insulin resistance such as hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia. Often there is a thyroid insufficiency behind the weight gain and this must be addressed simultaneously.

Botanicals that can be used to normalize ovulation and reduce androgenization include the ‘female restoratives’ such as Peony root (Paeonia lactiflora), Dang gui (Angelica sinensis), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosa), False Unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum), and Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa), all of which have been used historically to enhance female fertility. Chasteberry (Vitex agnus castus) may also be used to stimulate ovulation, taken every day first thing in the morning, and may also help to reduce the androgenization. Another herb that may be useful with androgenization is Saw Palmetto (Serenoa serrulata), normally considered a ‘male’ herb that inhibits the production of more potent androgens. Botanicals that can be used to normalize LH secretion can be introduced in conjunction with therapies that inhibit androgenization, which of itself, will promote normal LH levels. Of the botanicals that help to regulate LH secretion are Hops (Humulus lupus) and Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa).

The most important method to protect the uterus and breast tissue from the consistently high levels of estrogens are the use of the phytoestrogens as competitive inhibitors. To protect the endometrium progesterogenic botanicals are emphasized, such as Chasteberry (Vitex agnus castus) and Peony root (Paeonia lactiflora) .

If obesity is an issue than an active weight loss regimen must be promoted, with an emphasis upon anaerobic exercise, the elimination in refined carbohydrates, and an emphasis upon dietary fiber. The guidelines for the treatment of obesity and insulin resistance should be followed as well.

Chasteberry (Vitex agnus castus) and Peony root (Paeonia lactiflora) .Passionflower .

For your Good Health.

Altmed Lifestyle Clinic.

 

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Prediabetes

What exactly is prediabetes and how common is it?

One in three American adults has prediabetes, but only 10 percent of them know they have it. Prediabetes means a person’s blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed with diabetes. People with prediabetes are on the road to develop type 2 diabetes within several years, and are also at increased risk for serious health problems, such as stroke and heart disease. There are some prediabetes risks you can’t control, like age and family history. But there are things you can do to reduce your risk, such as increased physical activity and weight loss. And making these lifestyle changes can also help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

There are not usually symptoms when you have prediabetes. Talk to your doctor to know for sure. A simple blood test can confirm if you have prediabetes.

A high score on the symptoms means you most likely have prediabetes, but only a blood test can tell you for sure, so talk to your doctor. Your doctor will do a simple blood test to check your blood sugar levels. If those levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be type 2 diabetes, it means you do have prediabetes. But the good news is… as you have just learned… that prediabetes can often be reversed.

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