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Why do we get sick?

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With the power of nature and our epigenetics, why can’t our bodies adjust and keep us healthy? Nature takes millions of years to adjust to changes. Normally changes come slowly. When they o come fast they wipe out a major part of a species and those left need to adjust rapidly or go extinct. Both scenarios occur all the time. We are making changes to our bodies and environment at a very rapid degree. Our epigenetics tries to adjust but some of the changes cause conditions that can not be overcome! Take a diet that turns ON cancer genes and turns OFF tumor fighting genes. This makes it near impossible to fight the disease.

We have changed our environment in so many ways:

  1. Global warming
  2. Processed foods
  3. Not enough consumption of plants
  4. Stressful lives
  5. Negative thinking and beliefs
  6. Little or no exercise

This causes our bodies to be overwhelmed to the extent that our bodies become ill. All of these things are choices we all have. Make the right choice and you have a higher probability of health and extended life. Make the wrong ones and that probability drops rapidly. What choices do you make on the above items? How is your healthy? How many medications are you on? Choose wisely.

 

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So What is Epigenetics Anyway – Part 5?

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Epigenetics is the basis of who we are. It plays the human symphony on our genes. In addition it makes each of us unique. It is what causes both health and sickness depending on the environment it is playing in. In my book, “Food for Thought – An Epigenetic Guide to Wellness”, I discuss the various things that affect our epigenetics:

  1. Exercise
  2. Stress
  3. Diet
  4. How we think (positive or negative)
  5. What we believe

The book is available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com as hard cover, paper back or eBook. Each of us should make an effort to exercise more . Walking is a great exercise. It does;t have to be super hard exercise to benefit you. Lower the stress in our lives by not worrying about the things we can’t change and changing what we can. We all need to change our diet. SAD (Standard American Diet) is NOT working. We eat too many fatty, fried and sugary and salty foods. Be determined to eat more vegetables. Cut back on animal protein consumption (eggs, meat, milk and cheese). Eat less salt and sugar (substitute fruit instead). Train yourself to be a positive thinker. Surround yourself with other positive thinkers. Believe in yourself. YOU CAN DO IT! YOU MUST DO IT, if you want to remain healthy. Stop reading about it, stop thinking about it and DO IT! It’s your life and only you are responsible for it.

 

So What is Epigenetics Anyway – Part 3?

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If  our bodies are so smart and are programming each cell based on our environment, why are so many people getting sick? It’s because we are changing the environment so drastically in such a short period of time. Never before has our bodies had to deal with such drastic change. It is over powering. This causes disease and a failure of the cells in general. When the failure is massive, it causes death!

Think of how we have changed our environment in the last 100 years. We are eating much more animal protein and much less plant protean. Er are eating pesticides and preservatives because our food is packaged and not fresh. Our air is not clean and the ozone layer is emitting more harmful rays. As i this wasn’t enough, we are in a constant state of stress. Money, jobs, family, health; it all leads to a very stressful life style.

Stress, poor nutrients, chemicals and harmful rays cause massive epigenetic changes to our cells. In many cases it’s more than they can handle. This failure to handle the changes is called disease. What is interesting is we have a choice! We can eat differently, buy less processed foods, live a less stressful life, be happy with who we are and what we have. The choice is yours. Health or disease? What do you choose?

 

Plant-Based Diet Reverses Heart Disease

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PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) says not only can you prevent heart decease with a plant-based diet but if you already have it, you can reverse it! 198 patients with cardiovascular decease were put on a diet free of meat, fish, diary and added oils. 89% of the participants followed the diet and 81% improved their disease. In addition these patients lost an average of 18.7 pounds. 22% saw a complete reversal of the disease.

Disease is our bodies way of saying we are providing it with inferior food and air. It can no longer function properly so it begins to break down. Like a city that breaks down, you can decide to change it. Clean it up and revitalize it again. Is your body working with inferior products?

 

How’s Your Libido?

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Everyone wants great sex! It is a part of our inner most brain. Modern society with our poor diets and lack of exercise and stress can cause our sex drive to move into low gear. How do we get it back in high gear? Diet is important since cholesterol can block veins and cause a man to be impotent. Exercise keeps us in shape as well. The Therapy Book lists the top ways to keep your sex drive in high gear.

They list the top ten things we can eat to keep us on track sexually:

  • AVOCADOS
  • ALMONDS
  • STRAWBERRIES
  • FIGS
  • EGGS
  • OYSTERS
  • NUTS AND SEEDS
  • WATERMELON
  • BLACK RASPBERRIES/BLACKBERRIES
  • GINSENG TEA

The only one I disagree with is eggs! They are high in cholesterol. Go to the link above to read what each of these does. Diet is not just about losing weight but being healthy and enjoying a great sex life. Happy eating!

 

Black Nigella Seeds

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A great boost to your immune system and your health is the use of Black Nigella Seeds (also known as black cumin, black coriander or black onion seeds). An article in the Therapy Book lists all sorts of cures by using these seeds. There are 20 listed uses of these seeds including:

1. Type 2 diabetes – Researchers found that just two grams daily of black seed could result in reduced fasting blood sugar levels, along with decreased insulin resistance, and increased beta-cell function in the pancreas.
2. Epilepsy – Published in Medical Science Monitor, one study found black seed to be effective at reducing the frequency of seizures in children who resisted conventional treatment. Black seed indeed has anti-convulsive properties.
3. Colon Cancer – In cell studies, black seed has been found to have anti-cancer properties, inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells specifically. In one animal study, the seed was able to fight colon cancer in rats successfully with no observable side effects. The same obviously can’t be said for conventional cancer treatments.
4. MRSA – The deadly and antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection known commonly as MRSA responded favorably to treatment with black seed in this study from the University of Health Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan.
5. Protection Against Heart Attack Damage – An extract from black seed has been shown to possess heart-protective qualities, dampening damages associated with heart attacks and boosting overall heart health.
6. Breast Cancer – A few studies have linked a thymoquinone extract from nigella sativa to reduced breast cancer tumor growth and increased apoptosis (cell death) in breast cancer cells.
7. Brain Cancer – A study published in the online journal PLoS One indicates thymoquinone from black seed can induce cell death in glioblastoma cells. Glioblastoma is one of the most aggressive brain tumors of all.
8. Leukemia – As it’s been shown to do with other types of cancer, black seed compound thymoquinone has also been shown to induce apoptosis in leukemia cells.
9. Brain Damage from Lead – A study published in Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology indicates black seed is able to dampen and reverse damage to the brain sparked by lead toxicity.
10. Oral Cancer – Research indicates thymoquinone from nigella sativa is able to induce cell apoptosis in oral cancer cells.
11. High blood pressure – Published in the journal Fundamentals of Clinical Pharmacology, researchers found extract from black seed to cause a significant decrease in LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, offering a natural treatment for mild forms of hypertension.
12. Asthma – Multiple studies, including this one published in the journal Phytomedicine, has found Nigella sativa to possess anti-asthmatic effects. One even found it superior to conventional drug treatment.
13. Sore throat – Research indicates that black seed is an effective treatment for acute tonsillopharyngitis with tonsil or throat tissue inflammation. Basically, it can relieve viral sore throats.
14. Radiation Damage Control – The active compound thymoquinone has been found to protect brain tissue from radiation-induced damage. Researchers say the substance is able to “clearly protect brain tissue from radiation-induced nitrosative stress.”
15. Morphine Addiction and Toxicity Prevention – A study published in Ancient Science of Life found Nigella sativa to reduce the indications of morphine intoxication, tolerance, and addiction. Could this seed be the answer to opiate dependence?
16. Protection Against Chemical Weapons – Researchers from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Iran found a tincture of Black seed able to reduce the symptoms of chemical weapons exposure including wheezing, respiratory symptoms, and even the need for drug treatment.
17. Post-Surgical Scar Prevention – Tested on areas of post-operative trauma, Nigella sativa was found to protect peritoneal surfaces from scarring or adhesion formation.
18. Psoriasis – Applied topically to psoriasis inflammation, black seed was able to increase epidermal thickness and soothe eruptions.
19. Parkinson’s Disease – An extract of thymoquinone, from black seed, was shown to protect neurons from toxicity associated with Parkinson’s disease and dementia in a study published in Neuroscience Letters.
20. Cervical Cancer – In a cervical cancer cell line, extracts of thymoquinone were able to trigger apoptosis or cell death, slow cancer progression, and stop the spread of the cancer.

Enjoy your food and eat health!

 

New Research on Preventing Cancer

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The PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) post new research on cancer and recommendations for avoiding it. The recommendations are pretty much what this BLOG is about. Avoid alcohol, dairy, red and processed meats and meats cooked at a high temperature. On the positive side they recommend eating many more vegetables and fruits. The question of “White” meats was not addressed. I believe they are dangerous as well since they contain 85% of the saturated fats of red meats. If you can’t give up meat totally, cut way back on it! Eat more plant based foods. Learn new recipes that use plants instead of meat. Eat fruits for desserts instead of sugary foods.

The evil in our diets are Saturated Fats, processed Sugars, and Salt! Americans consume way too much of these three evils. The result is a population that is mostly sick. Cure yourself and your families by changing your diet.

 

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