The human body was designed with a built-in defense force, your immune system. If you imagine the immune system as a general coordinating his troops, when your body is threatened, he gives orders to the white blood cells called T cells, to stand at attention poised to fend off foreign invaders – such as malignant cells. When the T cell warrior sees an invader, he raises his weapon and targets that cell for annihilation.
Although root canals continue to be a standard practice in most dental offices, more and more dentists are advising against them. In a root canal, most if not all of the nerve in the tooth is removed. As a patient, you can eat again, and the pain is gone. Unfortunately, however, a root canal is a temporary solution and often the beginning of a chronic problem. Many doctors now believe root canals can damage the immune system and negatively affect your overall health.
When I was a little girl, my grandmother kept a box of scented talcum powder on her dressing table. On special occasions, she would open the box and put a little powder on the puff, and daub it on my shoulders, arms and legs. When I was a young mother, I would take my babies out of the bath, towel them off and pat them with baby powder. When I think of that scented powder, it brings back such lovely memories.
Scientists report that systemic inflammation underlies most disease processes of the human body. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury, and in that context, it is a healthy reaction. For example, a cut in the skin triggers inflammation, and your body produces white blood cells that rush to the site of the cut to heal the skin. But when inflammation persists, it can cause problems such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
The importance of vitamin D is often overlooked, not just by average people, but also by physicians. Extensive research has shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and a number of serious health problems. As you monitor your own health, ask your doctor to order a blood test to assess your vitamin D level. If you are deficient, make a plan to get your D up to an optimal level. Your health depends on it!
Alyssia and Trevor Smith were living in Dubai in 2012, when he began suffering from debilitating back pain. A series of medical visits culminated in a diagnosis of an aggressive bladder cancer that had already penetrated the muscle. Their oncologist recommended immediate radical surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The surgery he advised would include removing Trevor’s bladder and prostate. Without the recommended treatment, he said, Trevor would be dead in eighteen months. With the treatment, his prognosis was still dire, with a life expectancy of only about four years.
The grip of Big Pharma upon the medical establishment is hard to overestimate. A number of alternative cancer treatments have shown promise in eradicating cancer cells or augmenting the benefits of traditional chemotherapy, yet these treatments are generally ignored by doctors. In some states, the sale of alternative cancer therapies has been declared illegal. There have even been cases in which people have been forced to undergo chemotherapy. Accessing information about promising natural treatments takes considerable personal research, as little funding has been set aside to study them.
Researchers at the University of Windsor, in Ontario, Canada, have been studying the common dandelion weed as a potential cure for cancer. Results of the study have been encouraging. It began when a local oncologist shared with them a home remedy brought to him by his patients.
If you are in good shape, you may not think you need to exercise. But research conducted by the University of Cambridge and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that you are twice as likely to die from not getting enough exercise as from being obese. Fortunately, a little exercise goes a long way in protecting your health. In fact, the study showed that just a 20-minute brisk walk every day can keep you well.
The researchers examined the health habits of more than 334,000 European men and women. They found the death rate was twice as high for those who did not exercise regularly, as those participants who were obese but inactive. The variable was the 20-minute daily walk, or a comparable cardiovascular activity on a daily basis. According to the study results, walking can reduce your risk of an early death by up to 30 percent.
Of course, obesity does cause major health risks. If your weight falls into the obese range, you are more likely to experience cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, gallstones, gallbladder disease, gout, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, breathing issues, and some cancers. For optimal health, your best bet is to maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
When you spend 20 minutes walking briskly, you expend approximately 90 to 110 calories. Longer exercise sessions can help burn fat, but that 20-minimum basic program, adhered to every day, lowered the risk of premature death by a minimum of 16 percent, and as much as 30 percent. There are other benefits, as well. It reduces your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and metabolic syndrome. Moderate regular exercise can also help you control your weight, regulate your sleep patterns, and strengthen your muscles and bones. It also delivers a boost to your mood, and helps eradicate depression.
Whether or not your weight is at an optimal level, take care of yourself with a 20-minute daily walk. It’s a regimen that delivers tremendous health benefits to people of every shape and size.