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#5203 Feb 22, 2013
The End of Aging: 
Breakthrough science may keep us all from growing old

A review of the November 2003 Reader's Digest article
 
More information on Acetyl L-Carnitine
More information on Alpha Lipoic Acid

L-Carnitine and Alpha Lipoic Acid Reduce Ageing and Boost Energy NEW
The November 2003 issue of Reader's Digest Magazine contains an excellent article titled " The End of Aging - Breakthrough science may keep us all from growing old" by Amy Ellis Nutt from the Star-Ledger. 
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5204 Feb 22, 2013
In this article, Amy interviews Dr. Bruce Ames, a biochemist and Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. The article explores the research that Dr Ames has done over many years. 

Essentially, Dr Ames believes that while the production of energy in the mitochondria in your cells is highly efficient, that minor element of inefficiency which releases free radicals is the cause of aging. As people get older, the free radicals reduce the effectiveness of the mitochondria in its energy production, thus releasing even more free radicals. 

Dr Ames found that Acetyl L-Carnitine helps the cells produce more energy, but they still generate free radicals. However, the antioxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid reduces free radicals.
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5206 Feb 22, 2013
Acetyl-L-Carnitine is the acetyl derivative of L-Carnitine. Supplemental Acetyl-L-Carnitine can cross the blood-brain barrier and acts as a source of acetyl groups for synthesis of acetylcholine. Acetyl-L-Carnitine has therefore found a niche in “brain food” products.

The primary role of L-Carnitine within the body is to shuttle long chain fatty acids into the mitochondria, the ‘furnace of the cell’. Within the ‘furnace’, the fatty acids are broken down or burned and energy is produced. Thus, L-Carnitine is essential for the production of energy from fat!

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha-Lipoic Acid is both a coenzyme necessary for the metabolism of energy from food and a powerful scavenger of free radicals. 

Why is alpha-lipoic acid called the “universal antioxidant?” First, alpha-lipoic acid is both water and fat (lipid) soluble. Alpha-lipoic acid is also biologically active in either medium. Therefore, alpha-lipoic acid can provide protection both in the lipid environment of the cell membrane and in the aqueous environment in the interior of the cell. 

Second, alpha-lipoic acid appears to enhance the activity of a network of antioxidants including: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and glutathione (a selenium-containing antioxidant found in nearly every cell). 

“Mystical Atheism for everyone!”

Since: Nov 08

El Cerrito California

#5207 Feb 22, 2013
Neelix and Kes wrote:
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Revelations 2:9 "The Jews are the synagogue of Satan." The message to Symrna
John 8:47 "Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God." Jesus speaking to the Jews
John 8:44 "You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies." Jesus speaking to the Jews
Jesus was NO Jew!
The Jews do not accept Jesus the son of God as their savior. They believe he is not their messiah. They say he was a "bastard" and that his mother Mary was a "Whore".
Jews are indeed the Devil's children!
PS do you know of ZOG Zionist Occupied Government?
Jesus was a Jew!

The god-man sacrificed for your sins belief, the virgin birth, the alleged miracles, all are based on the Roman hoax of Christianity that you are defending. It has nothing to do with the teachings of the historical Jesus.

The historical Jesus simply taught an enlightened form of Judaism based on our place in the OMNIPRESENT GOD. He was just an ordinary human being like you and I.

The concept he introduced which is still not known by most of humanity due to the Roman hoax, is the concept of an egalitarian democracy of enlightened citizens in GOD.

There is a wealth of evidence to confirm this is so to be found.

The only evidence for the Roman hoax of Christianity is what the perpetrators of the hoax wrote themselves.

The Romans murdered the Jesus you mistake your Mithra god-man figure for, and than blamed it on the Jews. This horrible crime was perpetuated down through the centuries with an estimated nine million people slaughtered over an eleven century period who objected to the hoax that people like yourself are still defending.

Your hateful attack on the Jews is not supported in the bible you thump with:

Matthew 5:17

New International Version (NIV)
The Fulfillment of the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."

All Jesus did was to demonstrate that a human being can be in compliance with the LAW and how it can be done.

The one you claim to follow, in the book you evidently worship, contradicts your hatred of the Jews.

If you reject this passage you reject the collection of books you use to support the Roman hoax. If you accept this passage it shows that the hoax is what it is.

All you need to know can be found in the Hebrew Scriptures, the only scriptures used by the historical Jesus to support his realization, "GOD IS ONE, WE are all ONE WITH GOD".

In reality all of us together as an enlightened society are the whole Messiah. This was the vision the historical Jesus tried to bring about.

A messiah separate from humanity is not a Messiah.

This wonderful new egalitarian way of governing human affairs posed a threat to the Roman Empire. Their murderous way of dealing with it had the effect of holding back humanity's spiritual evolution 2000 years and still counting!

We all need to get informed as to the evil nature of the Roman hoax of Christianity and it's many derivatives that deny the Jewish GOD and the Jewish Jesus and get involved in restoring true Christianity based on the OMNIPRESENT GOD of Israel to humanity that is even now being found to be in accord with the latest scientific findings concerning the nature of the Cosmos!

GOD is LOVE. WE are ALL ONE WITH GOD, even the unloving!
all knowing GOD

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5208 Feb 22, 2013
When the fire falls, it consumes everything that is unholy, earthly, and temporal.

The fire of God purifies, purges, melts, and devours, "for our God is a consuming fire" (Heb. 12:29). God is like a refiner’s fire (Mal. 3:2) that brings impurities to the surface and exposes and consumes them.

When the fire falls, sin is judged and dealt with thoroughly and uncompromisingly – not just the obvious sins of the flesh, but subtle, secret sins of the spirit as well. Masks of respectability are pulled off, pretenses stripped away, and the souls of men laid bare before the gaze of an all-seeing, all-knowing God.
defend

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5209 Feb 22, 2013
Charisma Magazine



Latest from Charisma News:

Why I Defend Women Preachers

Strong men are not intimidated by gifted women. If we want to reach the world for Jesus, we must empower female leaders.

My friend Abby Olufeyemi is one of my favorite pastors. She’s a Nigerian living in England, so her British/African accent makes her sermons all the more fascinating to listen to. Besides her obvious anointing as a preacher, she’s also a model of Christian integrity. She’s been tested through serious trials—including the loss of her husband, Alfred, who died in a plane crash—so she leads with grace and compassion.

Thankfully, Abby finds support from her denomination, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, the largest indigenous church network in Nigeria, and one of the fastest-growing Pentecostal groups in the world. But when I tell people that I work alongside women pastors I get puzzled looks. Many Christians who love God and the Bible believe women are not allowed to serve in pastoral roles.

This is especially obvious whenever Charisma publishes an article on the topic. Three weeks ago, my column,“Six Gender Myths in the Church,” sparked a firestorm of protest. But I don’t argue with people in online forums because (1) I respect anyone’s right to his opinions, and (2) I can’t spend all my time answering critics when there are souls to be reached for Christ—and so many women who want to reach them.

But being with Abby in London made me realize that many Americans oppose women leaders because they just haven’t seen very many examples. At the risk of sounding simplistic I will list the reasons why I believe we need more women on the front lines of ministry today:

1. The Bible endorses women in leadership. Paul’s first epistle to Timothy seems to limit women’s roles in leadership (see 1 Tim. 2:12). Yet Paul also gushed with praise for the women who served with him as co-laborers—women such as Phoebe (Rom. 16:1-2), Junia (Rom. 16:7) and Priscilla, who helped lay foundations in the early church (see 1 Cor. 16:19). In Phil. 4:2-3, Paul expresses solidarity with two women leaders, Euodia and Syntyche. And he refers to other women who obviously led churches, such as Chloe (1 Cor. 1:11) and Nympha (Col. 4:15), and he does not try to silence or restrict them.

Traditionalists who insist on barring women from leadership positions always refer to 1 Tim. 2:12 as an ironclad rule—yet they ignore the women who served with Paul. The obvious question is: Why did Paul tell Timothy to clamp down on the women in Ephesus when he allowed Priscilla to teach? The most sensible interpretation is that the Ephesian women were teaching heresy. They had no business teaching the Bible or leading the church, yet Paul encouraged faithful women.

2. Churches need women’s gifts and perspectives. God created both male and female, and His nature is revealed through both genders (see Gen. 1:26-28). This is why the biblical definition of a family is a father and a mother. If a child needs both parents to learn the ways of God (see Prov. 1:8-9), then surely we need instruction from both men and women in the church. If only men are allowed to function in leadership or teaching roles, the church itself will be male-dominant—and this can lead to issues of control, abuse or sexual sin (the problem of child abuse in the Catholic Church is just one obvious example).

3. We can’t address women’s problems without empowering women to address them. In the 1800s women were not allowed to go to medical school. Some men believed the female brain was smaller than a male’s (!), and that women had no business being doctors. What happened when women entered the medical profession? Suddenly there were breakthroughs in medical care, including improvements in gynecology and obstetrics. Women began addressing problems that had been ignored by a male-dominated medical establishment.
toxic free

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5211 Feb 22, 2013
Even if you lived in a perfect, unspoiled environment with no chemicals or poisons, your body would still produce its own toxins. You body creates many different toxins in an infinite variety of ways just to function.

In a perfect environment, dealing with your body’s internal toxins would be a cinch for your liver and excretory system. But your liver, GI tract, organs and tissues have been bombarded from without and within with far more poisons than they were ever designed to handle.

Take a look at some of these toxic enemies:

If you have had repeated bouts of antibiotics, or even a single bout of superantibiotics, then you could be at ricks for developing an overgrowth of dangerous intestinal bacteria and yeast.
Millions of french fries are being produced in our bodies every day and, if unchecked, will set the stage for cancer, heart disease and a host of other potentially fatal diseases.
Too many sugars, fats, processed foods, fast foods and other devitalized foods are literally draining the life out of us as they constipate our bodies, introduce toxins, and drain us of our nutrient reserves.
Fried foods, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats, excessive amounts of polyunsaturated fats and food sensitivities cause inflammation in the body. We know that arthritis, autoimmune disease, asthma, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease and most cancers are associated with excessive inflammation.

When the Cure Causes the Crises

Without antibiotics, we’d be in trouble. Infections that might have snuffed out a life a century ago are little more than a nuisance today. But, we are just beginning to get the full picture of the toll that the overuse of antibiotics have taken on a generation of users.

Your intestines are filled with good bacteria, such as lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus, which prevent the overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria (bad bacteria) in your intestinal tract. When you take antibiotics, many of your body’s beneficial bacteria can be killed. Your good bacteria function like a firewall to keep pathogenic bacteria and yeast in check. So when antibiotics throw off the balance, the bad bacteria and yeast may grow like a wildfire, out of control with nothing to slow them down or stop them.

Bad Bacteria may produce endotoxins, which may be as toxic as almost any chemical pesticide or solvent that enters your body from outside. Overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestines can cause excessive fermentation, just like the fermentation that happens when you leave apple cider outside for too long. This fermentation process creates even more poisons such as indoles, skatols and amines.
toxic free

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5212 Feb 22, 2013
Just like a biblical plague of locusts that ravaged ancient farmlands, yeast overgrowth causes damage to the intestinal lining. Candida albicans is a yeast that releases over 80 different toxins into the body. Some of the most toxic substances produced by candida albicans are acetaldehyde and ethanol, which is alcohol. For more information on this, refer to my book The Bible Cure for Candida and Yeast Infections.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that acetaldehyde is probably a human carcinogen, based on studies on its effects on animals. German factory workers at a plant that processed acetaldehyde were found to have a higher cancer rate than normal, according to a study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 1985. Acetaldehyde is also extremely toxic to the brain, even more so than ethanol. It causes memory loss, depression, concentration problems, and severe fatigue.

When you consider the potential danger of having strong, devastating poisons created inside your body, you will recognize that the toxins within can do as much or even more damage than environmental toxins.

A Strategy for Winning the War Against Toxins

You may feel overwhelmed by the monumental battle your cells, tissues and organs are faced with each day. As you look in the mirror, you may even see some of the results of this war: premature aging, sickness, chronic fatigue, arthritis, cancer, heart disease and so much more.

The good news is that you don’t have to sit by passively while your God-given entitlement to good health is stolen right out from under your nose. Your body is designed with an incredible system of defense that keeps you healthy even under extreme circumstances—and you never have to give it a second thought. But when the battle becomes overwhelming, when toxins pile up inside you over time, you liver and excretory system may eventually become overburdened. They simply cannot keep up.

However, you can choose to step in and even the score.

Your Detoxification Program

Here’s an overview of Dr. Colbert’s 28-day fasting program:

Start by undergoing a three-week partial fast to strengthen and support your liver and improve your elimination through the GI tract.
Then you will go on a juice fast for seven days. You may need to be monitored by your doctor for this period of time. If you cannot fast for seven days, you will see tremendous results by fasting only one or two days.
You will follow my four-day guidelines for breaking your fast (later in the book). I would recommend that you go back on the special diet for your liver and GI tract for another two weeks and complete my 28-day fasting program.

As you go through his fasting program, you will discover the renewed energy, rejuvenated health, and a fresh, glowing sense of vitality that will absolutely astonish you.

This article is an excerpt from Don Colbert, M.D.’s book, Get Healthy Through Detox and Fasting.

Don Colbert, M.D., is board-certified in family practice and in anti-aging medicine. He also has received extensive training in nutritional and preventive medicine, and he has helped millions of people discover the joy of living in divine health.
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5213 Feb 22, 2013
The following list describes what many mineral salts/chelates used in supplements actually are and what they are used for when not in supplements:

Boric acid is the rock known as sassolite. It is used in weatherproofing wood, fireproofing fabrics, and as an insecticide [15].
Calcium ascorbate is calcium carbonate processed with ascorbic acid and acetone. It is a manufactured product used in 'non-food' supplements [15].
Calcium carbonate is the rock known as limestone or chalk. It is used in the manufacture of paint, rubber, plastics, ceramics, putty, polishes, insecticides, and inks. It is also used in fillers for adhesives, matches, pencils, crayons, linoleum, insulating compounds, and welding rods [15].
Calcium chloride is calcium carbonate and chlorine and is the by product of the Solvay ammonia-soda process. It is used for antifreeze, refrigeration, fire extinguisher fluids, and to preserve wood and stone. Other uses include cement, coagulant in rubber manufacturing, controlling dust on unpaved roads, freezeproofing of coal, and increasing traction in tires [15].
Calcium citrate is calcium carbonate processed with lactic and citric acids. It is used to alter the baking properties of flour [15].
Calcium gluconate is calcium carbonate processed with gluconic acid, which is used in cleaning compounds. It is used in sewage purification and to prevent coffee powders from caking [15].
Calcium glycerophosphate is calcium carbonate processed with dl-alpha-glycerophosphates. It is used in dentifrices, baking powder, and as a food stabilizer [15].
Calcium hydroxyapatite is crushed bone and bone marrow. It is used as a fertilizer [16].
Calcium iodide is calcium carbonate processed with iodine. It is an expectorant [15].
Calcium lactate is calcium carbonate processed with lactic acid. It is used as a dentifrice and as a preservative [15].
Calcium oxide is basically burnt calcium carbonate. It is used in bricks, plaster, mortar, stucco, and other building materials. It is also used in insecticides and fungicides [15].
Calcium phosphate, tribasic is the rock known as oxydapatit or bone ash. It is used in the manufacture of fertilizers, milk-glass, polishing powders, porcelain, pottery, and enamels [15].
Calcium stearate is an octodecanoic calcium salt and can be extracted from animal fat. It is used for waterproofing fabrics and in the production of cement, stucco, and explosives [15].
petezo

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5214 Feb 23, 2013
Our internal and external states cannot be so easily disentangled. The fact is, when it comes to how we clothe ourselves, our external appearance is often an expression of our internal state. Thus our worship attire may matter more than we think.

The Meaning of Worship

What is worship, after all? It's the act of acknowledging and praising God as God; indeed, as our God. It is the adoring response of grateful creatures to their Maker.

In worship we come before God with awe and reverence, focusing on him in loving contemplation, celebrating him for who he is and what he has done. We willingly bow before him in surrender, delighting in the privilege of extolling his worthiness. In worship
prayer to be spoken

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5215 Feb 25, 2013
If you would like to receive Yeshua now, pray the following prayer from your heart:

**** "Dear Lord God, Creator of all things, I humble myself before You. I know I have sinned in my thoughts, words and deeds and am not worthy to enter Heaven based on my own righteousness or worthiness. "I believe that You love me, and have sent Your Son Yeshua (Jesus) to die as a substitute for my punishment. I accept His sacrifice on the cross as my atonement. I believe that You raised Him from the dead on the third day, that He is now alive in Heaven, and that I, too, will be raised to life. "I ask for Your Holy Spirit to come to dwell in me. I surrender control of my life and choose to make You Lord of my life and destiny. I want to be with You forever in Heaven. "Thank You for so great a salvation and the free gift of eternal life. I pray In Yeshua's Name. Amen." *****

If you have sincerely prayed this prayer, you are now a new person, reborn in your spirit into His life of holiness, righteousness and love. Begin to read the Bible every day, both Old and New Testaments. Begin with the gospel of Matthew and Isaiah 52:13 through the end of chapter 53. Begin to pray to the Lord every day. Speak with Him as you would speak to a friend, but with much love, reverence and respect for who His is. Find a church or Messianic congregation where the people truly love Yeshua and live in the power of His Holy Spirit. They will help you to grow in your new faith. The Lord will be with you, now and forever. Never deny Him, no matter what wicked men say to you or do to you, and you will receive eternal life.


So pray to the Lord of the harvest:“Father, I’m asking You to send laborers across ________’s path, laborers who are equipped with the Word of God about salvation, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, healing and deliverance. Send laborers who can communicate effectively with ________ so Your Word can reach his/her heart.”

Once you’ve prayed for your loved one like that, from then on, put your faith in action by treating your loved one like he’s/she’s saved. Don’t treat your loved one like he’s/she’s not good. On the contrary, every time you see your loved one, say,“Praise God! Isn’t it good to know Jesus?” Then just stand back and watch how things change. You’ll be amazed.

****** Father, I come before You in prayer and in faith, believing. Your Word says You desire all men to be saved and come into the knowledge of the truth, so I bring ________ before You this day.“I break the power of Satan from his assignments and activities in ________’s life in the Name of Jesus. Now, while Satan is bound, I ask that You send forth the perfect laborers to share the good news of the gospel in such a way that ________ will listen and understand it. As the truth is ministered, I believe ________ will open his/her eyes to the gospel, come out of the snare of the devil and make Jesus Lord.
“Father, I ask that You fill ________ with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. As I intercede in his/her behalf, I believe that the power of the Holy Spirit is activated, and from this moment on, I shall praise and thank You for ________’s salvation. I am confident that You are alert and active, watching over Your Word to perform it. It will not return to You void. It will accomplish that which You please and prosper in the thing whereto it was sent.“Therefore, my confession of faith is:‘God has begun a good work in ________’s life and He will perform it and bring it to full completion until the day of Jesus Christ, in Jesus’ Name.’”*******

Scripture References from The Amplified Bible: II Peter 3:9; Matthew 18:18, 9:37-38; II Timothy 2:26; Jeremiah 1:12; Isaiah 55:11; Philippians 1:6.
marriagezeezy

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5216 Feb 25, 2013
Study: Bad Marriage Can Make You Sick

Friday, 22 Feb 2013 12:16 PM

Feeling insecure and frequently anxious about your romantic relationship can actually harm your health, new research contends.

The feelings may boost levels of a stress hormone and lower your immune system, according to Ohio State researchers.

In their study, married couples who were often anxious about their relationship — wondering if their partner truly loved them, for example — had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and lower levels of T-cells, which are important in the immune system to fight off infections, lead author Lisa Jaremka said.

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"These concerns about rejection and whether or not you are truly cared for do have physiological consequences that could, in the long-term, negatively affect health," said Jaremka, a postdoctoral fellow at Ohio State University's Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research.

The study was recently published online and will appear in an upcoming print issue of Psychological Science.

Jaremka said she was not describing the normal now-and-then concerns about a relationship. "Everybody has these thoughts and feelings sometimes," she said. "They are a natural part of being in a relationship."

But for the highly anxious, she added, "it's a chronic thing."

Jaremka studied 85 couples, all married for an average of more than 12 years. Most were white. Their average age was 39. All the partners reported their general anxiety levels and symptoms, and answered questions about their marriage and about their sleep quality.

The couples were generally healthy. Those with wives who were expecting a baby, or who drank excess alcohol or caffeine or had health problems affecting the immune system were all excluded.

The couples provided saliva samples over three days and blood samples twice. From these, the research team measured levels of cortisol and T-cells.

Participants with higher levels of anxiety about the marriage produced about 11 percent more cortisol than those with lower anxiety levels. Spouses with higher anxiety levels had between 11 percent and 22 percent lower levels of T cells than those with less anxiety.

Jaremka said the two findings are likely linked, because cortisol can hamper production of T-cells.

The study found a link or association between relationship anxiety and the body's stress and immune response, but cannot prove cause and effect.

While the study did not track whether the highly anxious partners got sick more often, the link is reasonable, Jaremka said, based on other research about the ill effects of chronically high stress hormone levels.

"A lot of the negative consequences of high cortisol are beyond the common flu," she said. Rather, she added, high level have been linked to heart problems, sleep problems, depression and other conditions.

Another expert who also studies attachment styles said the link between attachment anxiety and stress is not new, but the link to immune system function is newer. And it is "not that surprising," said Jeni Burnette, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Richmond, in Virginia.

Until more research is in, Jaremka suggests people who are highly anxious in relationships work on reducing their stress. Reduce stress by yoga or other exercise or meditation, she suggested. That would lower cortisol, presumably, and help their health.

Burnette suggested that highly anxious partners might also try to be more forgiving, and not keep replaying negative events such as arguments. "Some of our work suggests that anxiously attached individuals are less forgiving and tend to respond with more rumination," she said.

The study was supported by an American Cancer Society grant, a Comprehensive Cancer Center at Ohio State fellowship and the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
whezey

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5217 Feb 25, 2013
then.....don't get into marry anyone....

many truth!

stay single spinter bachelor forever for the glory of God!

that will glorify & pleases the Lord!
health tips

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5218 Feb 25, 2013
Grapefruit seed extract, oleic acid from olive oil, oil of oregano, pau d’arco and raw garlic are all useful in getting rid of Candida. We also recommend going on a strict diet for three weeks and then reintroducing foods one at a time to test for reactions. If you find that you are sensitive to a particular food then avoid it.

flatulence and gas

• Most of our gas comes from swallowed air. Gas and bloating are also a product of the fermentation of small pieces of undigested foods by the bacteria in our intestines. Cucumbers, celery, apples, carrots, onions and garlic are all commonly known to cause gas. People who are lactose intolerant experience gas when they eat dairy products. Food sensitivities, especially to wheat and grains, can also cause gas.



• Some ways to reduce flatulence and gas include the following:

&#9830; Chew your food well and eat slowly

&#9830; Raising fiber levels too rapidly can cause gas so increasing your fiber intake more slowly will help solve this problem.

&#9830; Taking 2,000 mg of grapefruit seed extract daily may be helpful if you have gas due to Candida.

&#9830; Many people find that supplementing with digestive enzymes and probiotics helps prevent gas.

&#9830; Ginger, fennel, basil, oregano, marjoram, parsley, thyme, celery seed, peppermint, spearmint, bayberries, caraway seed, cardamom seed, cloves, coriander, lemon balm, sarsaparilla and anise are useful herbs for reducing gas.

health tips

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5219 Feb 25, 2013
Useful Herbs and Nutrients for Gastritis

&#9830; One simple remedy for gastritis (and ulcers) is to drink huge amounts of water. Drink 4 to 6 glasses of water during the pain.

&#9830; See under Section 5 for details regarding the following useful herbs and nutrients:

&#9642; DGL licorice

&#9642; Aloe vera

&#9642; Gamma-oryzanol

&#9642; Glutamine

&#9642; Slippery elm bark

&#9642; Evening primrose oil

&#9642; Flax

&#9642; Zinc

&#9642; Vitamin A

&#9642; Copper, vitamin E and vitamin B-complex.

GASTRO-ESOPHAGEAL REFLUX AND HEARTBURN

Bitters such as gentian, dandelion, Oregon grape and goldenseal can be helpful.



• According to Earl Mindell PhD excessive acid production is almost never the reason for heartburn or ulcers. Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD feels that too little stomach acid can be a cause of heartburn. Supplementation with betaine HCl often relieves the symptoms in such cases.

Heavy use of antacids may create an overly alkaline environment resulting in imbalances of intestinal flora, stressing the kidneys and setting the stage for possible urinary tract infections.



The ability of the stomach to regulate its own acidity can be frustrating to people who take antacids like Tums or Maalox to counteract heartburn. When the alkaline chemicals neutralize stomach acid, a person’s own G cells (the stomach cells that make the hormone called gastrin, which stimulates parietal cells to produce more acid) can turn rebellious and relight the fires of heartburn. The rebellious G cells sense the decline in stomach acid and secrete gastrin. The secretion of gastrin causes still more acid to be secreted, which defeats the antacid. A vicious cycle can thus occur when the need is felt to take more and more antacid.
health tips

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5220 Feb 25, 2013
The problem with proton pump inhibitors:

Proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec (omeprazole) absolutely block stomach acid production, which means that no HCl is being produced by your stomach when you use them. But don’t forget that HCl is your body’s first line of defense against disease-causing microbes. Therefore, low HCl levels open you to the possibility of food poisoning. For another serious problem associated with the use of proton pump inhibitors please read the news item entitled: "Study links heartburn drugs to pneumonia risk" dated Oct. 27, 2004.



Adequate HCl is also necessary for the absorption of vitamin B12 from food. Since vitamin B12 is required for the maintenance of many nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord and also for the formation of red blood cells, a deficiency of vitamin B12 is debilitating and ultimately fatal. Several minerals require an acidic environment for absorption, including iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and most B-complex vitamins. Poor acid content in the stomach causes indigestion. So although antacids and proton pump inhibitors may relieve the symptoms of heartburn and gastro-esophageal reflux temporarily they are not helping your digestion in the long run. And since only 5 to 10% of all GERD sufferers are in fact secreting too much stomach acid it brings into question the appropriateness of using antacids and proton pump inhibitors in the first place.



If you absolutely cannot avoid using proton pump inhibitors bear in mind that they are intended as short-term therapy only. They are generally not recommended to be taken for more than four weeks unless there are special circumstances. They have many side effects and have several drug interactions. Some possible side effects of Prilosec include: headache, dizziness, weakness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, upper respiratory infection, rash, cough and back pain. Changes in blood cell counts, liver function, hearing and taste are other rarely observed side effects.



The problem with NSAIDs:

In the stomach there are certain molecules called prostaglandins which protect the stomach cells. If you take Ibuprofen (Motrin) or similar compounds these act to prevent prostaglandins from getting made and doing their job which may give you relief from pain but only at the price of putting the stomach in peril. Ibuprofen and similar compounds inhibit the biosynthesis of prostaglandins which stimulate repair. They are a direct cause of leaky gut syndrome, food sensitivities and inflammatory problems like arthritis and eczema. It is now estimated that up to one third of all bleeding ulcers are caused by taking NSAIDs. In many cases the antacids, H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors given to alleviate the symptoms of stomach pain merely mask the symptoms until the problem becomes life-threatening.



Useful herbs and supplements for treating GERD and heartburn:

== Deglycyrrhizinated licorice extract or DGL Dosage: one – two 380 mg wafers before meals.

== Fresh papaya or banana

== If you have low stomach acid take supplemental HCl in the form of betaine hydrochloride with your meal.(See below for signs of low stomach acid). CAUTION: Do not take HCl on an empty stomach or if you have an ulcer. Never take NSAIDs together with HCl.
health tips

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5221 Feb 25, 2013
Possible signs of low stomach acid:

--Burping or abdominal bloating immediately after meals or up to ½ hour after a meal has ended.

--Food sitting uncomfortably in the stomach after eating.

--Loose stools in the morning.

--Chronically coated tongue.

-- Unexplained bouts of nausea.

-- Heartburn (it can signal either too little or too much stomach acid.)

--Using herbs but not improving from them.(Planta Med 1991; 57:299-304)
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#5222 Feb 25, 2013
Dietary and lifestyle recommendations:

&#9830; People with IBD have an increased level of leukotrienes, produced by neutrophils, which increase pain and inflammation. Therefore omega-3 fatty acids would be useful to reduce such inflammation.

&#9830; Folic acid and zinc supplementation are useful to repair the gut wall.

&#9830; It is good to check to see if you have leaky gut syndrome, microbial infections or parasites as these conditions are prevalent in IBD and would need to be treated if found.

&#9830; Mold sensitivity and allergies to Candida have also proven to provoke IBD symptoms.

&#9830; Probiotic supplements are highly recommended as friendly flora have been found to be dramatically out of balance in people with IBD.



Secretory IgA:

Secretory IgA is an immunoglobulin antibody found in saliva in the mouth, throughout the digestive tract and in mucous secretions throughout the body. A study examining people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis found that all of them had low levels of secretory IgA. It concluded that raising secretory IgA levels might eliminate IBD. The following nutrients are all required to maintain healthy secretory IgA levels: choline, essential fatty acids, glutathione, glycine, Phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine, quercetin, vitamin C and zinc. Saccharomyces boulardii, a nontoxic yeast often found in probiotic supplements, has been shown to raise secretory IgA levels.



The Specific Carbohydrate Diet may be helpful for people with Crohn’s disease. According to Elaine Gottschall in her book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, the presence of undigested and unabsorbed carbohydrates within the small intestine can encourage microbes from the colon to take up residence in the small intestine and to continue to multiply. This in turn may lead to the formation of lactic and acetic acid, in addition to gas, which injure the small intestine. The principle behind this diet is to maximally nourish the individual and minimally nourish the intestinal microbes. Therefore, by specifically eating only mono-saccharides which require minimal digestion and which are absorbed well it theoretically leaves nothing to be used by the microbes to further their growth in the intestines. According to her theory the microbial population will decrease due to lack of food and thus their harmful by-products will also decrease freeing the intestinal surface of injurious substances. No longer needing protection, the mucus-producing cells of the intestine stop producing excessive mucus and carbohydrate digestion is improved.



• On The Specific Carbohydrate Diet you are not allowed to eat sugars, alcohol, grains, dairy products, legumes, potatoes, yams or parsnips. Foods which are allowed on this diet include beef, lamb, poultry, fish, eggs, natural cheeses, homemade yogurt, fruit, nuts, pure fruit juices, weak coffee, weak tea and peppermint and spearmint teas. Also allowed are corn, soy, safflower, sunflower and olive oils.
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#5223 Feb 25, 2013
Gluten Intolerance, Celiac Disease, sprue

• Celiac disease, also called gluten sensitive enteropathy or sprue, is caused by an inability to digest foods containing gluten. Gluten is found in many grains including wheat, oats, rye, barley and spelt. The gliadin fraction in the gluten is believed to be the cause of the problem. In susceptible people, gluten-containing grains damage the lining of the small intestine impairing the assimilation of nutrients from all foods.

• From a TCM perspective the inability to digest food is indicative of Spleen Qi Deficiency and/or Digestive Fire Deficiency. Symptoms of Spleen Qi Deficiency are: no appetite, a tendency to loose stools, abdominal distention after eating, tiredness, lassitude, sallow complexion, and weakness of the limbs. Persons with these symptoms should follow the remedies for tonifying the Spleen Qi by restricting cooling and highly mucus forming foods such as gluten and dairy and adding more warming foods. Non-glutinous grains can be eaten such as rice, corn, millet, buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth.

• Because the villi of the small intestine are damaged in people with untreated celiac disease their bodies can’t manufacture lactase – the enzyme which splits lactose. Therefore about half of people with celiac disease are also lactose intolerant

Common symptoms include recurring attacks of diarrhea or constipation, abdominal cramping, gas, weakness and steatorrhea (gray or tan fatty stools). Less common symptoms include rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, brain-fog, bone pain, schizophrenia, fibromyalgia, depression, epilepsy,“glue ear”, allergies, sinusitis, anemia, insomnia, osteoporosis, spastic colon, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Treatment consists in avoiding grains which contain gluten. And because of the malnourishment that accompanies celiac disease supplementation of nutrients is necessary. Individuals with celiac disease must avoid gluten-containing foods for life. In addition to the above recommendations Barbara and I get very good results using acupuncture to nourish the Spleen Qi and strengthen the Digestive Fire, and we get very good results using gentle visceral mobilization and craniosacral acupuncture to treat the various symptoms associated with it.

O. Hemorrhoids

• Hemorrhoids occur when blood vessels in and around the anus get swollen and stretch under pressure. Straining during bowel movements is a common cause of hemorrhoids. The most common symptom is bright red blood with a bowel movement. They also occur in people with chronic constipation or diarrhea. In most cases they go away in a few days. If you have bleeding that lasts longer, have your doctor examine you to rule out a more serious problem.
Prevention and treatment:
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#5224 Feb 25, 2013
==Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes and drink plenty of fluids. You really want to do all you can to prevent the hemorrhoids from forming in the first place so a high-fiber diet is crucial for the maintenance of proper bowel activity..

&#9830; Psyllium seeds add bulk and water to the stool, which allows for easy passage.

==Acidophilus and bifidobacteria taken two or three times daily help regulate peristalsis. If you are able to digest yogurt, it also has a normalizing effect on the bowel and can be helpful for either constipation or diarrhea.

== Soothing salves can soothe inflamed tissues. Some soothing salves are vitamin E oil, comfrey, calendula or goldenseal ointment.

== A warm bath with Epsom salts or healing herbs can be healing and soothing to inflamed tissues.

P. inflammatory bowel disease: crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) exists in two forms: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. IBD is considered an autoimmune disease.

Causes of IBD:

There are four theories as to what causes IBD: 1) infection, 2) a hypersensitivity to antigens in the gut wall, 3) an inflammation of the blood vessels which cause ischemia (a lack of blood supply to the tissues), and 4) food sensitivities. People who eat a lot of sugar and low-fiber diets have a higher incidence of IBD, and there are correlations of IBD with cigarette smoking and eating fast foods. People with bowel disease are especially sensitive to most grains. In various studies the following foods have been implicated in IBD: citrus fruits, pineapple, dairy, coffee, tomatoes, cheese, bananas, sugar, additives, preservatives, spices, beverages other than water and bread. Unfortunately, nearly any food can cause irritation and inflammation. To find out more about the connection between inflammation and IBD we invite you to read our article entitled Inflammation and Its Role in Disease.

1) Crohn’s Disease is an inflammation of the GI tract, especially the distal ileum and proximal colon, in which the inflammation may extend through all layers of the intestinal wall -- from the mucosa through the serosa layer—as well as the mesentery and regional lymph nodes.(The serosa layer is the outermost layer of most portions of the GI tract and is known as the visceral peritoneum below the diaphragm). It involves shrinking of the lumen, and ulceration of the mucosa with scarring and necrotic areas which may become fistulous. In later stages, it can form abscesses and fistulas, little canals that lead to other organs or form tiny caves. It can disappear for years or progress in jumps. The reactivity of lymphocytes is reduced, posing a risk of inadequate intestinal immune response. Lymphocytes of the small intestine secrete immunoglobulins, particularly the IgA subclass.

Most common signs of Crohn’s disease include abdominal pain (often increasing after meals), fevers which last 24 – 48 hours, canker sores in the mouth, clubbed fingernails, a thickening of the GI lining which may cause constrictions and blockages, poorly-formed stools or diarrhea (usually without blood), fatigue, anorexia and sometimes back pain. When the small intestine is involved there is often right lower quadrant pain that is colicky or cramping in nature and occasionally fistulization.

• In TCM terms Crohn's disease is classified as Damp Heat in the Intestines.

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