In Part 1 of this article, we discussed the fact that 95 percent of all low back pain (LBP) is non-specific. That means the cause is unknown, leaving back pain sufferers at the mercy of a huge industry of practitioners and drug manufacturers who frequently offer conflicting opinions and recommendations for treatment. If you are the patient, be sure to do your research.
Probiotics, the good bacteria present in yogurt cultures, are known to aid digestion. But scientists have discovered that these valuable bacteria do more than just support intestinal health . They now know probiotics offer a whole range of health benefits.
We are constantly bombarded by advertising and magazine articles touting the benefits of products we can apply topically to give us smooth, younger looking skin. In the United States, skin care is a multi-billion dollar market. What many consumers do not realize, however, is that nutrition is by far the most important factor in healthy, lovely skin.
Little known just a few years ago, kale has become a popular food. It is a cruciferous vegetable, related to cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens and brussel sprouts. Among all the healthy greens, kale is one of the most nutritious. It is filled with beneficial compounds, many of which are medicinal in their health effects.
You may have noticed people who practice yoga regularly tend to look much younger than their chronological age. A new study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine offers an explanation. Researchers found twelve weeks of yoga increased the body’s natural defenses against toxins by raising the level of antioxidants and making the immune system stronger.
The Huffington Post recently invited readers to submit their most vexing health questions to be answered by the site’s team of doctors. Here are some of the questions most often asked:
Most of us would be hard pressed to imagine what similarities the human body would have to a hard-shell clam. Scientists, however, know that aquatic invertebrate animals such as clams, oysters, and mussels have a bi-valve heart that functions very much like the human heart. Unlike humans, some clams live centuries. Now researchers are studying clams to see if they have something to teach us about heart health.
On April 13 the Journal of American Medicine published a study showing researchers who administered a drug known as Reclast to help strengthen the bones of elderly women noted fractures actually increased.
Dr. Susan Greenspan, a professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh was the author of the study.
In her research she said “Two surprising findings emerged.”
First it was able to improve bone strength, both in the bones of the old women they gave the drug too as well as more robust seniors. Secondly there was no correlation between these seemingly stronger bones and the number of fractures the subject acquired.
Greenspan said “We first wanted to see if frail elders could even tolerate such treatment, and whether it would improve bone density. However, we had expected to see a positive trend of fewer fractures. But if anything, there were more fractures in the treatment group.”
She did counter “that could well be just a chance finding.”
The truth is pharmaceuticals don’t always work the way they’re intended.
The truth is we know that one of the best ways to protect bones is not through the use of pharmaceutical drugs, but by operating within a strict diet that contains all of the required components for stronger bones.
What one researcher was able to show was when the body was deficient in Vitamin K2, osteoporosis was more likely to be encountered.
Part of the reason is because Vitamin K2 is absolutely essential for several processes that draw calcium out of the blood and into the bone and teeth where they belong.
It’s also been shown to help to reduce the incidences of coronary heart disease because it pulls the same calcium out of the blood preventing arterial calcification.
It’s important to note that in many cases the reliance on drugs to treat a health problem is too little too late.
It’s not to say they aren’t helpful.
But working to prevent problems from the get-go is generally a more advisable treatment regimen to pursue.
If it wasn’t for this nutritional supplement the polio vaccine would have never been discovered.
And a top medical anthropologist by the name of John Heinerman, PhD said that without this substance we wouldn’t exist.
It’s also reputed to be one of the most studied, if not the most studied nutritional substance in all of supplementdom.
And you’ve likely never heard of it.
Known as colostrum, this substance is only found in the milk of mammals shortly after they give birth. Hence its nickname of “first milk”
The exciting news about colostrum is there are a wealth of studies that point to its use as being sort of a cure-all for a number of conditions and disease.
It is known to help with the following:
- Increased athletic performance
- Improve symptoms of leaky gut
- Aids digestion
- Regulates blood pressure
- Improves the immune system
And much more.
But what makes it so special in the first place?
The truth is colostrum is so incredibly important for the growth and development of all mammals that without consuming it in the first few days, to weeks of existence, all infants would die.
The reason colostrum is so beneficial is because it passes on much-needed antibodies and proteins essential for the growth of infants.
As sovereign laboratories writes:
As our first food it provides the infant with the ability to ward off and fight infection of all types, helps stimulate lean muscle, bone, brain and nerve cellular growth and development. It stimulates epithelium cell growth in our intestines to close stomach and intestinal openings that are there at birth to allow colostrum’s components to reach all of our body structures to enhance growth and create perfect health.
Colostrum readies the body for nutrition and helps populate the bowel with healthy flora and fauna and enhances their growth and colonization. It stimulates the body to utilize stored and ingested fat for fuel, and stops catabolism (the use of our own muscle tissue for fuel between meals) so we can grow strong and obtain radiant health.
How many times do we see breastfed newborns with their perfect skin and incredible health and wonder at the process that colostrum and mother’s milk delivers.
And yet you likely have never heard about it until now.
The reason has nothing to do with a grand conspiracy.
It’s more that until recently it hadn’t been isolated for sale as a supplement.
Only within the past few years when it was discovered as a great supplement to help heal Leaky Gut did it really begin to become popular.
It’s also believed that you will begin to see more and more about colostrum and its health benefits in the near future.
To discover more about the effectiveness of colostrum visit www.pubmed.gov and search colostrum, bovine colostrum, immunoglobulin, cytokines, interleukin, Lactoferrin or any of the other components of colostrum.
You will find a great collection of peer reviewed studies that help support many of the claims surrounding colostrum, and will hopefully turn you into a colostrum user yourself.
By the way, it is perfectly compatible with anyone with a dairy allergy as it contains neither casein, or lactose.
As always, consult a physician before taking this, or any other nutritional supplement.
There is always a concern about how to boost your immune system, especially when winter time hits, and with it, the flu season. Doing an internet search will bring such suggestions as eating clean whole foods, exercising and consuming medicinal herbs, spices and foods that support the immune system such as certain teas, garlic or mega doses of vitamins. What if there was a simpler, fuss free way to not just boost your immunity, but to actually regenerate your entire immune system within 72 hours?
Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) recently published new research in the journal, Cell Stem Cell that shows a surprising and effective way to do just that by using a completely natural intervention – prolonged fasting. Trials were done in both mice as well as in humans undergoing chemotherapy – a medical cancer fighting process that severely damages the cells that are responsible to provide your body immunity. The study showed that when subjects were put on prolonged fasting cycles, white blood cell counts were significantly lowered. In mice, it seemed like a switched was flipped, causing regenerative actions of stem cells that are responsible for the blood and immunity cell growth.
Valter Longo, coresponding author of the study, Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and director of the USC Longevity Institute, said,
When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged,” Longo said. “What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. So we started thinking, well, where does it come from?
The idea behind the concept is that fasting makes your body go into serious elimination mode – making you burn through not only your stores of glucose, fat and ketones, but also breaking down white blood cells quickly and efficiently. This draining of white blood cells induces stem cells to trigger the renewal of immune system cells. An enzyme called PKA is key here, as it has been identified as the main gene that – when shut down, wakes the stem cells up. Prolonged fasting reduces PKA.
This study has enormous potential, not only for chemotherapy patients who suffer from severe immune system damage, but also for the elderly, who have declining immune systems, and for disease healing in general. The research builds upon previously introduced ideas that fasting could be an answer for natural healing – from health pioneers in the alternative health field called “natural hygiene“, the founders of which include Herbert Shelton.