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Your January Issue of Natural Alternatives
January 06, 2009
Hello, and welcome to this little late edition of my Natural Alternatives Newsletter!
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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates
IN THIS ISSUE:
1) 'KEEP OFF DIETING' TO AVOID FLU
2) TREATING CATARACTS NATURALLY
3) IMPRESSIVE ENZYMES: SERRAPEPTISE COULD BE LONG-TERM PAIN SOLUTION
Dieting at this time of year could impair your body's ability to fight the flu virus, a study warns. US researchers found mice who were put on a calorie-controlled diet found it harder to tackle the infection than those on a normal diet.
The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, suggest that contrary to the old adage "starve a fever", those with a temperature should eat well.
Flu cases in England and Wales are currently approaching a nine-year high.
Killer cells need food
The team at Michigan State University found even though the mice on the lower calorie diet received adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals, their bodies were still not able to produce the number of killer cells needed to fight an infection.
As well as being more likely to die from the virus, the mice - which were consuming around 40% of the calories given to their counterparts on a normal diet - took longer to recover, lost more weight and displayed other symptoms of poor health. "Our research shows that having a body ready to fight a virus will lead to a faster recovery and less-severe effects than if it is calorically restricted," said study author Professor Elizabeth Gardner.
Even those who have received the flu vaccine should steer clear of dieting until the warmer months arrive.
"If the strain of flu a person is infected with is different from the strain included in the flu vaccination, then your body sees this as a primary infection and must produce the antibodies to fight it off," Professor Gardner said.
The study, the team added, should not be seen as a carte blanche to avoid dieting all year, but to reserve weight control to the eight months of the year when flu is not so virulent.
The latest flu data from England and Wales has shown cases are up 73% on last year; experts believe the unusually cold weather may have contributed to the surge.
Professor John Oxford, an influenza expert at Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, said "common sense should prevail at this time of year".
"There are a lot of viruses and while it might have been better to avoid those extra helpings of Christmas pudding in the first place, now is not the time to be thinking about diets."
Source: BBC News
2) TREATING CATARACTS NATURALLY
By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
Feeling like your vision has gotten cloudy as you've aged? Though cataract surgery can be helpful in some, cataracts can often be prevented and treated — naturally.
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The lens of the eye, which is what allows us to focus, is filled with a clear protein containing liquid. If the proteins in the liquid start to denature, they become cloudy. This can cause vision to get cloudy.
Cataracts can be small and present at birth, occur (rarely) after eye injuries, and most often occur as people age — being hastened sometimes by diabetes or high blood pressure. The radiation/ultraviolet light increase seen at high altitudes can also increase risk.
Cataracts are not dangerous, but can impair vision. Let's look at prevention and treatment.
PREVENTION & TREATMENT
Optimizing antioxidant, zinc, and vitamin B2 intake (e.g., with the Energy Revitalization System vitamin powder) and avoiding excess sugar can help protect the lens in your eyes by preventing the denaturing of the proteins in them.
Once the cataracts begin, I would recommend (in addition to the above):
1.Vitamin A (25,000-50,000 units a day). Use actual vitamin A and not beta carotene for this. This is a high dose, and should not be used in children, people with severe liver disease, or women who might get pregnant (can cause birth defects) — folks who usually do not have cataracts anyway. One ophthalmologist jokingly complained that his cataract surgery income dropped by 2/3 when he started adding the vitamin A.
2.N- acetyl carnosine eyedrops (available as a product called "Can-C") used twice daily.
3.Bilberry (80 to 160 milligrams of a standardized 25% extract three times daily), and the
4.Chinese herbal mix Hachimijiogan (offered as "Clinical Nutrients for the Eyes," by Phytopharmica). Try three tablets daily. 5. If the cataracts are still problematic after 6-12 months of these treatments, surgery is very reasonable. Unlike most surgery, if the cataracts are bothering you to where you think that you eventually will need the surgery (after using the above treatments), I would do the surgery sooner rather than waiting. It is simple surgery and can markedly improve vision. So if you are going to do the surgery, why put up with poor vision while waiting
By Stanton Conversier
Chances are, you experience some level of pain - occasionally, chronically or otherwise - and if so, an enzyme known as serratiopeptidase could be what you’ve been looking for. This is especially true if you have an aversion to, or are experiencing any side effects of, the medication you currently use for pain management. Whether you take prescription or otc painkillers, serratiopeptidase is a safe, natural choice with no known negative results.
Serratiopeptidase, also known as serrapeptase, is a proteolytic (or, if you will, “protein digesting”) enzyme which is occurs naturally in the intestines of silkworms. But don’t go running for cover just yet - the commercially available variety is produced by the breaking down of plant-based enzymes. Typically, this makes the serrapeptase you’ll find on the market to be of such uniform quality that vegetarians can take it with total peace of mind.
Serrapeptase has been dispensed regularly for nearly 40 years in numerous Asian and European countries; in Germany and Austria for instance, it is available strictly by prescription. Fortunately, in the U.S. and elsewhere it is much more readily available. In all honesty, it is so safe, that it can be consumed by children and pregnant/nursing women; even pet owners have reported good results.
Chronic inflammation lies at the heart of a whole host of ailments, including headaches, muscle and joint pain - due to exercise, arthritis, or fibromyalgia, just to name a few. Left untreated, severe inflammation can even develop into life-threatening conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Unlike conventional pain medication (which only relieves the inflammation temporarily) serrapeptase actually breaks down the protein deposits (known as fibrin) which can cause pain and discomfort even after your body has healed from injury or trauma.
As previously stated, serratiopeptidase has no known side effects - unlike naproxen, aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonprescription NSAIDs. (Acetaminophen, while not considered an NSAID, is a very popular otc pain medication which has also been shown in studies to have undesirable side effects.) These non-prescription analgesics have been known to cause stomach, kidney, liver, and even cardiac problems, particularlyes when taken on a regular basis, and long-term.
Making matters worse, some drugs prescribed by doctors - NSAIDs in particlular - have had even more acute after effects. The news reports in recent years regarding these cases have, in fact, been widespread. The “bad press” (and ensuing litigation) have been largely responsible for the withdrawal from the marketplace of a number of these medications.
Long-term inflammation is now regarded as a primary factor in the proliferation of disease … but it was not always so. Bacteria and germs were, for many years, considered - and quite often, proven to be - the prime culprits. The use of antibiotics and strong medications have all but wiped out many once-dreaded diseases - but unfortunately, in some cases the price has been the rise of ever more resistant disease strains.
The emergence of serratiopeptidase as a viable option is being embraced by so many who’ve struggled with pain and inflammation for so long. At last, this amazing enzyme offers an alternative to the seemingly endless pain-and-pill-popping cycle. Watch for more articles on serrapeptase and other enzymes, which are proving to be more useful every day in battling the things that ail us.
About the Author: He’s a writer of articles, manuals, etc. on health and fitness - and Stanton Conversier is serious about his own health and well-being, in addition to that of his subscribers. Please visit the website and give him your thoughts
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