Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Stop Blaming Genetics for Your Health Problems

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

DNA Double HelixMany people who suffer from a disease or mental disorder surrender to the belief that their problem is hereditary, and as a result, they abandon any hope for improvement. Fortunately, genetics are only part of the equation and most people who consider themselves to be victims of heredity have the potential to live a much better life.

Some people even blame genetics for their unfavorable personality characteristics, and in turn, resign to living their life with limitation. Regardless of whether the problem is mental or physical, there are many things that can be done to improve the situation, and in a large majority of cases, heredity is a poor and unjustified excuse to accept a compromised quality of life.

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Chewing Your Way to Better Health

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

ChewingHeartburn, abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea are just a few of the immediate problems that can result from poor digestion. Long term, this can lead to intestinal damage, nutrient deficiencies, and food sensitivities that may cause much more significant problems. Fortunately, there’s a simple but often overlooked measure that everyone can take to improve their digestion and prevent these conditions.

With the fast pace of modern life, many of us rush through our meals and practically swallow our food whole. Although most of us know that we should chew our food thoroughly, few of us actually do it.

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21 Reasons Why Alcohol is Dragging You Down

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Effects of AlcoholAlcohol is a significant part of the modern lifestyle, and even though most of it’s health risks are well known, many people still drink alcohol in excessive amounts and on a regular basis.

As a byproduct of yeast fermentation, alcohol is classified as a mycotoxin which means that it’s a toxic substance produced by fungus. Other common sources of mycotoxins include mold spores, antibiotics, and hallucinogenic drugs. Many of us have experienced the toxicity of alcohol in the form of a hangover, and as such, the damaging effects of alcohol shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

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Food Matters: A Testament to the Power of Nutrition

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Food MattersEven though it’s well known that we can’t survive without food, most people grossly underestimate the importance of good nutrition. Although a majority of the population is overweight, many of these people are also malnourished, and as a result, suffering from poor health and disease.

The symptom chasing approach of modern medicine makes it easy to rely on medication and overlook the importance of a truly healthy diet. As a result, many of us are living with poor health and just barely surviving on a poor diet rather than enjoying the vibrant and disease free life that good nutrition can provide. The documentary Food Matters does an excellent job of explaining exactly why this is.

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The Link Between Gluten and Modern Disease

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Gluten and DiseaseGluten sensitivity is estimated to potentially affect nearly half of the population. Although this is a vague estimate, it’s clear that gluten poses a risk to the health of many people and can even cause many of today’s most serious diseases.

Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease result from the inability to completely digest the gluten proteins found in most grain based foods. Unfortunately, celiac disease often takes years to be diagnosed and gluten sensitivity is rarely even diagnosed at all. Because grains are such a significant part of the modern diet, many people who unknowingly don’t digest gluten well are consuming it on a regular basis and are destroying their health and inviting disease in the process.

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The Deception and Danger of Grain Based Foods

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Dangerous Grains by James Braly and Ron HogganGrain based foods such as cereal, bread and pasta have become a staple of the modern diet. Despite their popularity and the common recommendation to make them the most significant part of your diet, grains are at the root of many serious health issues. Between the number of grain based foods that are highly processed and unhealthy for anyone and the number of people who don’t digest grains well, frequent consumption of these foods can easily lead to life compromising conditions, and if left unaddressed, even premature death.

Many government organizations and so called nutrition experts adamantly state that grain based foods are the foundation of a healthy diet. Unfortunately, this dogmatic perspective is misleading many people and encouraging them to harm their health and live a compromised life.

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Why Antacids Will Never Cure Your Heartburn

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Why Stomach Acid is Good For You by Jonathan WrightHeartburn, also referred to as acid reflux or indigestion, is one of the many common symptoms of compromised health that we’ve come to accept as normal. According to the National Institute of Health, 20% of Americans suffer from heartburn symptoms at least once per week, and nearly half of these people experience symptoms every day.

As with most health problems, conventional medicine treats the heartburn symptoms of acid reflux without making any effort to understand or address it’s cause. Unfortunately, the popular methods of treating heartburn symptoms actually worsen their most common cause and can potentially lead to significant health issues.

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How Sugar Can Ruin Your Life

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Dangers of SugarIf you think it’s an exaggeration to say that something as common as sugar or refined carbohydrates can ruin your life, perhaps you should give more consideration to the excessive amounts of it that many people are consuming and the harmful effects that it can have on one’s health.

It only takes a quick look through most major grocery stores to notice the overwhelming selection of processed and packaged foods and the much smaller selection of natural whole foods such as unrefined meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Much of this processed food contains unhealthy amounts of sugar and refined carbohydrates as well as unnatural additives that are potentially harmful. Because processed foods are cheap to produce, have a long shelf life, and are specifically designed to taste good, they’re favored by both the food industry and the general public. The overwhelming abundance and availability of these foods is a clear indication that they’re a staple of the modern diet, and this is very likely to be a major factor in the prevalence of many life altering health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, depression, heart disease, and cancer.

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3 Diseases You Should Fear More Than Swine Flu

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Heart Disease, Cancer and DiabetesWhile the media frenzy surrounding the so called swine flu pandemic is causing many people to panic, we have much more serious problems to worry about such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Despite the fact that these diseases are killing people in much larger proportions than any pandemic we’ve had in modern times, many of us have grown numb to their frightening prevalence.

In a single day, more people die in the United States alone from any one of these diseases than the total number of people who’ve died worldwide from the recent outbreak of swine flu. What we should really be concerned about is not a pandemic of swine flu, but rather an epidemic of poor health!

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Are You Afraid of the Swine Flu?

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Swine Flu PandemicThe media has created quite a stir about swine flu and has many people envisioning the possibility of millions of deaths. Before you waste precious energy and emotion fearing the swine flu, take some time to understand the situation and ground yourself with a rational perspective.

What is the Swine Flu?

Swine flu is a form of influenza that typically spreads among pigs, but can also be transmitted to humans. The specific strain of swine flu that has been on everyone’s mind lately contains a strange combination of genetic material from human, bird and pig specific strains. It also has never before been found in a human or animal, including pigs.

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