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Stress: A Biochemical Perspective, Part II

Stress: A Biochemical Perspective, Part II

Let’s look at an example of a person under stress and follow the progression of the biochemistry. This will help you understand what the stress does to you and what your options are to help yourself.

A particular company is laying off people. George loses the job he has had for years. It was totally unexpected and he is devastated. BIG TIME STRESS! Because he is the family’s main bread winner, his anxiety increases and depression is knocking on the door due the uncertainty of what the future might hold financially for his family.

Let’s shift now to what is happening biochemically in George’s body. “Instantly, his body responds to the stress chemicals released into the blood stream, such as adrenaline, by increasing blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen intake, and blood flow to muscles.”¹ The immune, digestive and excretory systems slowed or shut down. The liver and muscles began to breakdown stored glycogen into glucose for energy. Finally his body was ready to produce glucose from protein. This is a short description of the fight or flight response.

Because George is caught in fight or flight, his muscles, as well as his brain, need this glucose. They also need vitamin C and B complex, complete protein and alkaline minerals from whole food sources. Also, plenty of pure, fluoride-free water is essential, as fluoride blocks one of the steps in the production of glucose for energy.²

In summary, what does all this mean in regard to George or anyone else suffering from an overwhelming amount of stress? With a basically good diet, plenty of pure, fluoride-free water, and good whole food supplements one will be better equipped to handle the stress. For example, George would be able to more calmly formulate a plan to find new employment. On the other hand, absence of a good diet, supplements and pure water could cause him to experience adrenal fatigue, a stress-related illness and, in the worst case scenario, a nervous breakdown.

If you or a loved one is suffering from depression or anxiety due to abnormal demands or stressors, it is my sincere hope that you will consider the recommendations I’ve made. I have helped many people in these situations. Please feel free to call me at 773-262-7611.

• Adrenal Fatigue – the 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James L Wilson, ND, DC, PhD.
• “Stress”, by Dr. Richard Murray. Biomedical Nitty Gritty, Vol. 7, No. 4.

Growing Old Healthfully: Part II

Growing Old Healthfully: Part II

Maintaining a Positive Attitude

I’ve never met anyone who didn’t want to enjoy continued good health and a happy life well into their “golden years”. Have you? We’d love to be involved in meaningful relationships with the people in our lives and make contributions to the world around us. Like most things in life, these wishes don’t become realities without some effort on our part. We have to decide what is important to us and set goals to achieve those things. One of the most important aspects of achieving a goal is to believe we can do it—to think positively. In this case it’s, “I’m growing old healthfully and happily “and other similar thoughts. The next, very important step is to make a plan to put these thoughts in to action. Ask yourself, “What can I do to achieve this goal?”

For the remainder of the blog I’d like to give you some tips to help you achieve this goal. As you think creatively about this situation I’m sure you will have many other ways that I haven’t mentioned. I would love to hear from you with your ideas.

• Create a healthful diet for yourself.
• Plan an exercise program you can grow with—do it 5-7 days per week. Check into fitness programs in your area. Many Medicare supplements actually pay for a Silver Sneakers membership at YMCAs or local gyms so be sure to check out this option.
• Get chiropractic treatments, massage, colonics or any other activities that support your health and keep you feeling fit.
• If you struggle to maintain a positive and/or optimistic attitude check out Psych-K or other “like” techniques. It can help you change your subconscious thought patterns and produce some very helpful changes in your outlook on life.
• Keep your mind sharp by challenging and exercising it regularly. Some ideas include:
• Reading books provides a constant stream of thoughts. There are many book clubs for people of all ages. Not only can you be made aware of some great books, but book discussion meetings provide stimulating interaction with others—always a good thing. If that doesn’t appeal to you visit your local library and read on your own. Check out used book stores too. Their prices are great!
• Look in to taking classes. Senior centers, community colleges, churches or synagogues and craft stores (i.e. Hobby Lobby or Michaels) offer classes of all kinds. They provide opportunities to grow in knowledge or gain a new skill. You just might find a hobby that you’ll really enjoy!
• Challenge your mind by working cross word, Sudoku or jig saw puzzles. All of these activities challenge your mind and provide a sense of accomplishment when completed.
• As humans we were made to have meaningful relationships. That doesn’t change with age, so make a point of spending time with family and friends. As seniors we have a lot of “life experiences” to share. Younger people (especially children) can be fascinated by stories from “the olden days.” Be willing to share as the opportunity arises and don’t forget to ask about what’s going on in their lives too. Staying connected with others doesn’t have to be complicated. It might be as simple as sharing a meal or taking a leisurely stroll—whatever fits your lifestyle.
• Look for opportunities to give of your self. Volunteer at local schools, churches, synagogues or hospitals. There is always a shortage of this type of service. You’ll get more than you give!

To sum it all up, be creative, stay active and involved and most importantly, enjoy your life. Every day is a gift!

Growing Old Healthfully: Part I

Growing Old Healthfully: Part I

Avoiding Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS—three words that can strike terror in the strongest of hearts! We’ve come to believe we are doomed to follow in our ancestor’s footsteps and succumb to these diseases. But is that really true? Read on and we’ll shed new light on the subject. Let’s begin by looking at what happens to the brains of people diagnosed with these diseases.

When autopsies are performed on the brains of people who had Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s they find the following:
• Neurons (nerves) have disappeared (the number varies).
• The remaining nerves are twisted into distinctive tangles.
• Large amounts of aluminum were found in the brains of people with these conditions.
• A decrease in brain cholinergic activity was also found (this means they had less cholinesterase—an enzyme necessary for healthy brain function). Aluminum is known to increase or decrease the amount of this enzyme.¹

Reports from the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Diseases and Stroke in Bethesda, MD, in conjunction with the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine shed light on the causes of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS. This work was reported in Science News.² Using the scanning electron microscope and x-ray spectrometry they found that people with these conditions had excessive levels of aluminum in their brains. They also saw neurofibrillary tangles in the neurons of the brain. This article also said that the same type of work and finding were done at the University of Toronto and the National Institute of Environmental Science in North Carolina.³

In Principles of Neural Science by Kandel and Schwartz, the authors say that although neurons cannot multiply they have regenerative capabilities. Therefore there is hope for recovery or improvement in neuron diseases.⁴

Now let’s look at how to avoid Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s as well as the healing capability if a person already has these conditions.

• Most importantly avoid all of the most common sources of aluminum including:
Tap water
Antiperspirants and some deodorants
Sodas and other drinks in aluminum cans
Food packed in aluminum cans
Baking powder (read labels to find aluminum free brands)
Most antacids and buffered aspirin
Some salt products
Some food additives
Some processed cheeses
Some white or wheat flour (those bleached with aluminum)
Cigarette filters
Some toothpastes and dental amalgams
Prostheses
Cosmetics
Many pots, pans and other cooking utensils
Aluminum foils and foil pans
Become a serious label reader. Call companies to ask about aluminum in their products.

• Drink spring or filtered water (for water filters I recommend the company Clean Water Revival. For more information call (800/444-3563) and ask to speak to Dr Roy Spiser or check them out on the web at www.cwrenviro.com).
• Use a non-fluoridated toothpaste (fluoride increases the absorption of aluminum).
• Use stainless steel or glass cookware.
• Celtic, Himalayan and Real Salt are the best brands.
• Eat a diet composed of organic whole foods—not refined. Lots of vegetables and fruits (they are very alkaline). Also eat as much raw food as possible.
• Take supplements, most importantly, a whole food B complex, an organic green supplement rich in alkaline minerals, a whole food vitamin C complex and calcium/magnesium (2 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium). The only brand of supplements I recommend are Nutriplex Formulas. They are 100% whole food and herbs.
• Last, but by no means least in importance, are the thoughts we think and the words we speak. Most people think that they are genetically predisposed to develop the same diseases as their parents. The field of epigenetics has shown us that this is not true. All the research has shown, that except for the approximately 5% of people who have birth defects, all sickness and disease is due to environmental factors. The word epigenetics means “factors above the genes”. One of the most important factors is the mind—what we believe, think and speak. There are many ways to change our thinking and beliefs. I have been very successful in helping people change their subconscious programs, which is the greatest issue in this topic of epigenetics. I have seen some amazing changes in people’s health in response to this work.

I bring this subject up in regard to Alzheimer’, Parkinson’s and ALS because most people who suffer from these conditions believe that they are sick due to their genetic makeup. According to epigenetics this is not true. And the only way to truly get well is to believe you really can and stop believing you are a victim of your genes.

This is a great overall plan. Call our office for questions about your specific needs (773-262-7611).

• Cecil’s Textbook of Medicine, 15th Ed, 1979
• Zinc and Other Micronutrients, Dr Carl Pfeiffer
• Science News, Vol 122, p 166, 1982
• Principles of Neural Science, Kandel and Schwartz

Stress: A Biochemical Perspective, Part II

Stress: A Biochemical Perspective, Part II

Let’s look at an example of a person under stress and follow the progression of the biochemistry. This will help you understand what the stress does to you and what your options are to help yourself.
A particular company is laying off people. George loses the job he has had for years. It was totally unexpected and he is devastated. BIG TIME STRESS! Because he is the family’s main bread winner, his anxiety increases and depression is knocking on the door due the uncertainty of what the future might hold financially for his family.

Let’s shift now to what is happening biochemically in George’s body. “Instantly, his body responds to the stress chemicals released into the blood stream, such as adrenaline, by increasing blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen intake, and blood flow to muscles.”¹ The immune, digestive and excretory systems slowed or shut down. The liver and muscles began to breakdown stored glycogen into glucose for energy. Finally his body was ready to produce glucose from protein. This is a short description of the fight or flight response.

Because George is caught in fight or flight, his muscles, as well as his brain, need this glucose. They also need vitamin C and B complex, complete protein and alkaline minerals from whole food sources. Also, plenty of pure, fluoride-free water is essential, as fluoride blocks one of the steps in the production of glucose for energy.²

In summary, what does all this mean in regard to George or anyone else suffering from an overwhelming amount of stress? With a basically good diet, plenty of pure, fluoride-free water, and good whole food supplements one will be better equipped to handle the stress. For example, George would be able to more calmly formulate a plan to find new employment. On the other hand, absence of a good diet, supplements and pure water could cause him to experience adrenal fatigue, a stress-related illness and, in the worst case scenario, a nervous breakdown.

If you or a loved one is suffering from depression or anxiety due to abnormal demands or stressors, it is my sincere hope that you will consider the recommendations I’ve made. I have helped many people in these situations. Please feel free to call me at 773-262-7611.

• Adrenal Fatigue – the 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James L Wilson, ND, DC, PhD.
• “Stress”, by Dr. Richard Murray. Biomedical Nitty Gritty, Vol. 7, No. 4.