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Eating Wisely

While eating is for most, an enjoyable activity, the constant intake of the wrong foods can quickly add up to a health problem. Generally speaking, you should avoid foods that are overly fatty (particularly those of animal origin such as fatty meat cuts), those that are overly processed

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Facts About Sleep

1.   Sleep need varies

Different people need different amounts of sleep. Eight and one quarter hours is the average for adults. Some people can cope very well with much less and some need much more every night.

2.   Sleep is an active state

We used to think that everything shuts down when we sleep. But over the last 60 years scientists have discovered that our brains are very active while we sleep. In fact, some parts of the brain use more oxygen and glucose while asleep than when awake.

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10 Reasons Why People Don’t Get Enough Sleep

1.  Taking sleep for granted

Many people do not realize how important sleep is. Instead, they may think of it as a waste of time.  But time spent in bed asleep is time well spent.  There are many very important things that the brain needs to do while asleep. These include forming memories and going through the day’s events. Give it a chance to do these things, make sure that you spend enough time in bed.

2.   Too much caffeine, alcohol and sleeping tablets

The caffeine in tea and coffee is a stimulant that prevents you sleeping well. Alcohol may make you drowsy, but your sleep will be very restless. Sleeping tablets can be used occasionally, but not regularly. They stop working well and you may become addicted.

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Measuring Pain – McGill Pain Questionnaire

This questionnaire, known as the McGill Pain Index, measures the intensity (severity) of the pain, the quality of the pain, mood, and understanding of the pain

Look at the 20 groups below.
1.    Circle one word in each group that best describes your pain.
2.    Circle only three words from Groups 1 to 10 that best describe your pain response.
3.    Choose just two words in Groups 11 to 15 that best describe your pain.
4.    Just pick the one in Group 16.
5.    Finally, choose just one word from Groups 17-20.

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What Is Pain?

In medicine pain relates to a sensation that hurts. If you feel pain it hurts, you feel discomfort, distress and perhaps agony, depending on the severity of it. Pain can be steady and constant, in which case it may be an ache. It might be a throbbing pain – a pulsating pain. The pain could have a pinching sensation, or a stabbing one.

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When it comes to staying youthful and healthy, nothing is of more value than exercise. A well thought-out exercise program can:

  • help slow the aging process
  • improve flexibility
  • firm sagging muscles
  • guard against osteoporosis
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Exercise and Inflammation

Regular exercise reduces the risk of chronic metabolic and cardiorespiratory diseases, in part because exercise exerts anti-inflammatory effects. Regular exercise is protective against several chronic diseases ranging from physiologic diseases such as cardiovascular disease to neurologic diseases such as dementia and depression. Exciting recent research points to chronic inflammation as an underlying contributor to many age-related chronic diseases. Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies in animals and humans have shown both an acute and a chronic anti-inflammatory effect.

Acute and chronic inflammation compared

Acute Inflammation

  • Causative agents – harmful bacteria or injury to tissue
  • Major cells involved – mainly neutrophils, basophils (in the inflammatory response), and eosinophils (response to parasites and worms), and mononuclear cells (macrophages, monocytes)
  • Primary mediators – eicosanoids, vasoactive amines
  • Onset (when does the inflammation start) – straight away
  • Duration – short-lived, only a few days
  • Outcomes – the inflammation either gets better (resolution), develops into an abscess, or becomes a chronic inflammation

Chronic inflammation

  • Causative agent – non-degradable pathogens that cause persistent inflammation, infection with some types of viruses, persistent foreign bodies, overactive immune system reactions
  • Major cells involved – Macrophages, lymphocytes, plasma cells (these three are mononuclear cells), and fibroblasts
  • Primary mediators – reactive oxygen species, hydrolytic enzymes, IFN-γ and other cytokines, growth factors
  • Duration – from several months to years
  • Outcomes – the destruction of tissue, thickening and scarring of connective tissue (fibrosis), death of cells or tissues (necrosis)

What’s the difference between chronic inflammation and acute inflammation?

Acute inflammation – starts rapidly (rapid onset) and quickly becomes severe. Signs and symptoms are only present for a few days, but in some cases may persist for a few weeks.

Examples of diseases, conditions, and situations which can result in acute inflammation include: acute bronchitis, infected ingrown toenail, sore throat from a cold or flu, a scratch/cut on the skin, exercise (especially intense training), acute appendicitis, acute dermatitis, acute tonsillitis, acute infective meningitis, acute sinusitis, or a blow.

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Principles Of Nutrition

  1. Synergy.
    Nutrients are co-dependant on other nutrients to exert function within the body. They function only by interdependent interactions with each other.
  2. Completeness.
    The corollary of synergy is that even if one essential nutrient is in short supply, none of the others can function properly.
  3. Biochemical Individuality.
    Nutritional needs of individuals differ as much as their faces and fingerprints. Each person requires an individual nutrition program 

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Naturopathic Use of Grape Seed Extract and Proanthocyandidins

Naturopathic use of grape seed extract and proanthocyandidins

People have been growing and harvesting grapes for thousands of years.  Originally cultivated near the Caspian Sea, they quickly spread throughout the Mediterranean world long before Biblical times.  For many, their favourite purposing of grapes is of course wine, but even the Ancients realized that Grapes appeared to help with many of their health challenges. 

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Glucosamine in Joint Therapy

Glucosamine in joint therapy – human and equine

As surprising as it is, conventional medicine does not yet have a proven treatment for either the symptoms or the condition of Osteoarthritis.  In large part because of this, Glucosamine therapy has become the ‘go to’ treatment plan for many sufferers.  Despite not being approved by the US Food and Drug administration for medicinal use, it is one of the most common non-vitamin, non-mineral, dietary supplements used by adults in the US.

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Nopal as anti-oxidant and digestive aid with regard to balancing blood fats and insulin regulation, sources of fiber – high fiber diets used in fighting cancers, etc.

Purica Nopal

Purica Nopal

For over 12,000 years the Nopal, or Prickly Pear, Cactus has been known throughout Mesoamerica (modern day Mexico) for its digestive healing properties.  This power house of a plant was considered so important to the Aztec civilization that prophesies encouraged their nomadic tribes to search for a home where an Eagle would be perched on a Nopal Cactus growing from a cave surrounded by water while eating a snake. 

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