Archive for November, 2010

The health benefits of Moor mud

The health benefits of Moor mud

By Jane Alexander 7:00AM BST 28 Sep 2009 Comments
Sometimes the oldest and simplest products are the best. Mud from the lowland moorland of Austria, Hungary and Czechoslovakia has been used for wellbeing for at least 2,000 years. The Romans prized it for its health and strength- promoting qualities and the Celts dunked themselves into the odd mud bath, too. Now “moor mud” has become the latest must-try treatment for celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Trinny and Susannah, Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker.

It’s thick and black (though odour free) and my first impression was one of mild aversion. I was introduced to it at the Tyringham Hall naturopathic clinic in Buckinghamshire around 15 years ago. ”Climb in and relax for 20 minutes,” said the therapist, pointing at a bath full of murky black water. ”Honestly, it’s lovely. Just make sure you have a little rest afterwards.”

I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until 16 hours later. I felt fabulous – serene yet energised, and my skin was soft and toned. I’ve been hooked ever since and my son has grown up with mud rather than Matey in the bathtub.

Moor mud is unique because it has evolved over 20,000 years. More than 1,000 herbs, plants, grasses and flowers have decomposed into the waters, turning it into a nutritious soup of vitamins, minerals, plant-based hormones and other phytonutrients.

Central Europeans prize their mud for its natural healing ability, hence its popularity with doctors and vets. A moor product is even used in Austrian casualty departments as a treatment for burns. Research has shown that the mud can help to improve the circulation, soothe aching muscles and reduce swelling in joints. Some claim that drinking it can calm and heal the gut. Others even believe it can help infertility. What is certain is that the ooze acts as a natural exfoliator and also hydrates the body. As the mud contains essential oils, fats and lipids, it is able to penetrate the skin with ease and many people swear it helps smooth away wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/wellbeing/6223949/The-health-benefits-of-Moor-mud.html

Acid-Alkaline Balance and Your Health

Acid-Alkaline Balance and Your Health

Body acidity is quickly becoming a focus of research in the prevention of many illnesses that result from an increased acidity within the body. Scientists have found that healthy people have systems that are alkaline. Optimum alkalinity at the cellular level equates to optimum health. A healthy person’s pH level of their body fluids should be between 7.1 and 7.5 An imbalanced pH can negatively affect the physical health of almost all body systems and lead to diseases including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, kidney stones and many more. Because the modern diet is so high in acid-forming foods, most people are exposed to heightened levels of acid on a daily basis. The cells of the body in health are alkaline. In disease the cell pH is below 7.0. The more acid the cells become, the sicker we are and feel. We can remain in health by consuming a diet that is 70-80% alkaline and 20-30% acid. Most raw-foods diets are predominantly alkaline forming foods. more

Sang Whang, in his book Reverse Aging, points out that toxins are acidic. If the blood is already overly acidic, toxins will not be released into the blood, which must happen in order to detoxify your cells. This buildup of toxins causes acidic, poorly oxygenated cells, which may, at some point, turn cancerous. He explains: “In general, degenerative diseases are the result of acid waste buildups within us. When we are born, we have the highest alkaline mineral concentration and also the highest body pH. From that point on, the normal process of life is to gradually acidify. That is why these degenerative diseases do not occur when you are young. Reverse aging requires two separate steps: chemical and physical. The first step is to lower the acidity of the body so that it can dispose of acidic wastes in the blood and cellular fluids safely and easily. The second step is to physically pull out old stored wastes into the blood stream so that they can be discharged from the body.” Raw foods and marine phytoplankton are renowed to have a powerful alkalinizing effect on the body.

Importance of having Breakfast”

Importance of having Breakfast”

Breakfast can help prevent strokes, heart attack and sudden death. Advice on not to skip breakfast!
Healthy living. For those who always skip breakfast, you should stop that habit now! You’ve heard many times that “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Now, recent research confirms that one of the worst practices you can develop may be avoiding breakfast.

Because the frequency of heart attack, sudden death, and stroke peaks between 6: 00a.m. and noon, with the highest incidence being between 8: 00a.m. and 10:00a.m.What mechanism within the body could account for this significant jump in sudden death in the early morning hours? We may have an Answer. Platelet, tiny elements in the blood that keep us from bleeding to Death if we get a cut, can clump together inside our arteries due to Cholesterol or plaque buildup in the artery lining. It is in the morning hours that platelets become the most activated and tend to form these internal blood clots at the greatest frequency.
However, eating even a very light breakfast prevents the morning platelet activation that is associated with heart attacks and strokes. Studies performed at Memorial University in St.Johns, Newfoundland found that eating a light, very low-fat breakfast was critical in modifying the morning platelet activation. Subjects in the study consumed either low-fat or fat-free yogurt, orange juice, fruit, and a source of protein coming from yogurt or fat-free milk. So if you skip breakfast, it’s important that you change this practice immediately in light of this research. Develop a simple plan to eat cereal, such as oatmeal or Bran Flakes, along with six ounces of grape juice or orange juice, and perhaps a piece of fruit. This simple plan will keep your platelets from sticking together, keep blood clots from forming, and perhaps head off a potential Heart Attack or stroke. So never ever skip breakfast

Avian Flu – Basic Facts

Avian Flu – Basic Facts
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Avian Flu (Bird Flu) Basic Facts. UV Sterilization of Airborne Bird Flu Virus.
Recently, many articles have appeared in the media concerning the avian flu (bird flu) and the virtual possibility of a flu pandemic. It is a well known fact that the avian flu virus spreads only among birds and the main scare is that the virus could jump the species barrier and endanger the health of humans. A number of people in Asia have already been infected with the bird flu virus and some of the cases were fatal.

Can UV help against spreading of the bird flu? It is proven that all viruses are susceptible to germicidal UV and require relatively low UV dosages for complete eradication. The influenza virus needs a dose of 6,600µW/cm² UV for 100% kill. The bird flu virus is similar to the regular flu virus. This means that a UV dose of approximately 10,000µW/cm² will effectively eradicate the virus.

Common methods for avoiding the regular flu include hand washing, avoiding contact with infected persons, covering the nose and mouth when sneezing. These measures are preventing transfer of the virus from person to person. The transfer could be direct or indirect through inhaling airborne viruses. Germicidal UV fixtures in homes, offices, schools, hospitals and laboratories can perform similar preventive functions against airborne flu virus. UV can constantly wash the indoor air and reduce or eliminate the spread of the virus. This will not prevent a person from getting sick from eating infected poultry or getting infected through a direct contact but will eliminate one of the ways of transmission of the flu.

In an interview Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases stated that the United States is equally or better prepared for a pandemic flu than any other country but there is still not enough vaccine produced. He advises the public to read the flu guidelines on the CDC website.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists the following Key Facts About Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) and Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus

What is avian influenza (bird flu)?
Bird flu is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses. These flu viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines, but usually do not get sick from them. However, bird flu is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, including chickens, ducks, and turkeys, very sick and kill them.

Do bird flu viruses infect humans?
Bird flu viruses do not usually infect humans, but several cases of human infection with bird flu viruses have occurred since 1997.

What are the symptoms of bird flu in humans?
Symptoms of bird flu in humans have ranged from typical flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat and muscle aches) to eye infections, pneumonia, severe respiratory diseases (such as acute respiratory distress), and other severe and life-threatening complications. The symptoms of bird flu may depend on which virus caused the infection.

How does bird flu spread?
Infected birds shed flu virus in their saliva, nasal secretions, and feces. Susceptible birds become infected when they have contact with contaminated excretions or surfaces that are contaminated with excretions. It is believed that most cases of bird flu infection in humans have resulted from contact with infected poultry or contaminated surfaces. The spread of avian influenza viruses from one ill person to another has been reported very rarely, and transmission has not been observed to continue beyond one person.

How is bird flu in humans treated?
Studies done in laboratories suggest that the prescription medicines approved for human flu viruses should work in preventing bird flu infection in humans. However, flu viruses can become resistant to these drugs, so these medications may not always work. Additional studies are needed to prove the effectiveness of these medicines.

What is an avian influenza A (H5N1) virus?
Influenza A (H5N1) virus – also called “H5N1 virus” – is an influenza A virus subtype that occurs mainly in birds. It was first isolated from birds (terns) in South Africa in 1961. Like all bird flu viruses, H5N1 virus circulates among birds worldwide, is very contagious among birds, and can be deadly.

So far, spread of H5N1 virus from person to person has been rare and has not continued beyond one person. However, because all influenza viruses have the ability to change, scientists are concerned that the H5N1 virus one day could be able to infect humans and spread easily from one person to another. Because these viruses do not commonly infect humans, there is little or no immune protection against them in the human population. If the H5N1 virus were able to infect people and spread easily from person to person, an influenza pandemic (worldwide outbreak of disease) could begin. No one can predict when a pandemic might occur. However, experts from around the world are watching the H5N1 situation in Asia very closely and are preparing for the possibility that the virus may begin to spread more easily and widely from person to person.

What is the risk to people in the United States from the H5N1 bird flu outbreak in Asia and Europe?
The current risk to Americans from the H5N1 bird flu outbreak in Asia is low. The strain of H5N1 virus found in Asia and Europe has not been found in the United States. There have been no human cases of H5N1 flu in the United States. It is possible that travelers returning from affected countries in Asia could be infected if they were exposed to the virus. Since February 2004, medical and public health personnel have been watching closely to find any such cases.

Visit the CDC website for the complete text: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/gen-info/facts.htm

UV Can Help Reduce Allergy Symptoms

UV Can Help Reduce Allergy Symptoms
http://www.americanairandwater.com/uv-facts/allergies.htm
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. More than 20 percent of all adults and children suffer from some allergy.

There are many allergens that are not affected by UV, like dust and pollen, but the American-Lights® UV air cleaner can play a significant role in the Secondary Allergy Prevention, particularly where airborne microbial allergens are the cause of allergy symptoms. The UV system can be very effective in reducing the airborne allergens such as mold, fungi, spores, dust mites and their by-products.

When it comes to allergy prevention one of the most important things you can do is implement indoor environmental control because you spend most of your time indoor. You can avoid some aeroallergens like tobacco smoke and airborne pet dander by not allowing smoking or pets in your home but you can’t forbid the mold and spores from growing inside your HVAC system. This is where the American-Lights® UV unit can play its strategic role. If properly installed the UV system will eliminate the mold growth on the coil and drain pan and greatly reduce* all airborne germs that pass through the ducts by disinfecting the air with ultraviolet (UV) light.
* Based on UV dose.

UV Light Against Anthrax

UV Light Against Anthrax
http://www.americanairandwater.com/uv-facts/anthrax.htm
Anthrax can be reduced with the use of ultraviolet 254 lamps and fixtures. In fact, when used correctly, these UVC fixtures will reduce up to 99% of airborne mold, bacteria and other microorganisms including Anthrax spores*.

However, to effectively minimize the danger using ultraviolet light, the Anthrax spores must not be mixed with any other substance. Additionally, the spores must come in direct contact with the UV light.

Ultraviolet fixtures housed within a building’s air ducts would prove quite effective in destroying up to 99% of the threat posed by airborne Anthrax. However, UV light cannot penetrate surfaces and would, therefore, not be an effective countermeasure against Anthrax contained in a package or letter.

American Ultraviolet specializes in products for UV curing, germicidal operations and water disinfecting. In this time of widespread panic we feel it is our duty to help educate the public on the realities of UV-C sterilization against the spread of Anthrax.

Founded in 1960, American Ultraviolet is one of the most experienced manufacturers of UV products in the U.S. It is headquartered in Lebanon, Indiana and has offices in Murray Hill, New Jersey; Beaufort, South Carolina; Torrance, California; and Romeoville, Illinois.

How your organs age at different times

How your organs age at different times (interesting fact)

There’s no denying the ticking of a woman’s biological clock – but men are not immune, either. French doctors have found that the quality of sperm starts to deteriorate by 35, so that by the time a man is 45 a third of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Here, with the help of leading clinicians, Angela Epstein identifies the ages when different parts of the body start to lose their battle with time.

• BRAIN Starts ageing at 20.

As we get older, the number of nerve cells – or neurons – in the brain decrease. We start with around 100 billion, but in our 20s this number starts to decline.

By 40, we could be losing up to 10,000 per day, affecting memory, co-ordination and brain function.
In fact, while the neurons are important, it’s actually thedeterioration of the gaps between the brain cells that has the biggest impact, says Dr Wojtek Rakowicz, a consultant neurologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London .

We all assume Grey hair and wrinkles are the first signs of aging, but some parts of your body are worn out long before you look old.

These tiny gaps between the end of one brain nerve cell and another are called synapses. Their job is to ensure the flow of information from one cell to another, and as we age we make fewer.

•GUT Starts aging at 55

A healthy gut has a good balance between harmful and ‘friendly’ bacteria. But levels of friendly bacteria in the gut drop significantly after 55, particularly in the large intestine, says Tom MacDonald, professor of immunology at Barts and The London medical school. As a result, we suffer from poor digestion and an increased risk of gut disease. Constipation is more likely as we age, as the flow of digestive juices from the stomach, liver, pancreas and small intestine slows down.

•BREASTS Starts aging at 35

BY their mid-30s, women’s breasts start losing tissue and fat, reducing size and fullness. Sagging starts properly at 40 and the areola (the area surrounding the nipple) can shrink considerably. Although breast cancer risk increases with age, it’s not related to physical changes in the breast. More likely, says Gareth Evans, breast cancer specialist at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester , our cells become damaged with age – as a result, the genes which control cell growth can mutate, causing cancer.

• BLADDER Starts ageing at 65

Loss of bladder control is more likely when you hit 65. The bladder starts to contract suddenly, even when it’s not full. Women are more vulnerable to bladder problems as, after the menopause, declining estrogen levels make tissues in the urethra – the tube through which urine passes – thinner and weaker, reducing bladder support.

Bladder capacity in an older adult generally is about half that of a younger person – about two cups in a 30-year-old and one cup in a 70-year-old. This causes more frequent trips to the loo, particularly as poor muscle tone means the bladder may not fully empty. This in turn can lead to urinary tract infections.

• LUNGS Start ageing at 20

Lung capacity slowly starts to decrease from the age of 20. By the age of 40, some people are already experiencing breathlessness. This is partly because the muscles and the rib cage which control breathing stiffen up. It’s then harder to work the lungs and also means some air remains in the lungs after breathing out – causing breathlessness. Aged 30, the average man can inhale two pints of air in one breath. By 70, it’s down to one.

•VOICE Starts ageing at 65

Our voices become quieter and hoarser with age. The soft tissues in the voice box (larynx) weaken, affecting the pitch, loudness and quality of the voice. A woman’s voice may become huskier and lower in pitch, whereas a man’s might become thinner and higher.

•EYEStart ageing at 40

Glasses are the norm for many over – 40s as failing eyesight kicks in – usually long-sightedness, affecting our ability to see objects up close.

As we age, the eye’s ability to focus deteriorates because the eyes’ muscles become weaker, says Andrew Lotery, professor of ophthalmology at the University of Southampton .

•HEARTStarts ageing at 40

The heart pumps blood less effectively around the body as we get older. This is because blood vessels become less elastic, while arteries can harden or become blocked because of fatty deposits forming on the coronary arteries – caused by eating too much saturated fat.

The blood supply to the heart is then reduced, resulting in painful angina. Men over 45 and women over 55 are at greater risk of a heart attack.

A recent study by Lloyds Pharmacy found the average person in the UK has a ‘heart age’ five years older than their chronological age, probably due to obesity and lack of exercise.

•LIVER Starts ageing at 70

This is the only organ in the body which seems to defy the aging process.

‘Its cells have an extraordinary capacity to regenerate,’ explain David Lloyd, a consultant liver surgeon at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

He says he can remove half a liver during surgery and it will grow to the size of a complete liver within three months.
If a donor doesn’t drink, use drug or suffer from infection, then it is possible to transplant a 70-year-old liver into a 20-year-old.

•KIDNEYS Starts ageing at 50

With kidneys, the number of filtering units (nephrons) that remove waste from the bloodstream starts to reduce in middle age.

One effect of this is their inability to turn off urine production at night, causing frequent trips to the bathroom.
The kidneys of a 75-year-old person will filter only half the amount of blood that a 30-year-old’s will.

•PROSTATE Starts ageing at 50

The prostate often becomes enlarged with age, leading to problems such as increased need to urinate, says Professor Roger Kirby, director of the Prostate Centre in London . This is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia and affects half of men over 50, but rarely those under 40. It occurs when the prostate absorbs large amounts of the male sex hormone testosterone, which increases the growth of cells in the prostate.

A normal prostate is the size of a walnut, but the condition can increase this to the size of a tangerine.

•BONES Start ageing at 35

‘Throughout our life, old bone is broken down by cells called osteoclasts and replaced by bone-building cells called osteoblasts – a process called bone turnover,’ explains Robert Moots, professor of rheumatology at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool .

Children’s bone growth is rapid – the skeleton takes just two years to renew itself completely. In adults, this can take ten years.

Until our mid-20s, bone density is still increasing. But at 35 bone loss begins as part of the natural ageing process.
This becomes more rapid in post-menopausal women and can cause the bone-thinning condition osteoporosis.

The shrinking in size and density of bones can lead to loss of height. Bones in the back shrivel up or crumble between the vertebrae. We lose two inches in height by the time we’re 80.

•TEETH Start ageing at 40

As we age, we produce less saliva, which washes away bacteria, so teeth and gums are more vulnerable to decay.
Receding gums – when tissue is lost from gums around the teeth – is common in adults over 40.

•MUSCLES Start ageing at 30

Muscle is constantly being built up and broken down, a process which is well balanced in young adults.
However, by the time we’re 30, breakdown is greater than buildup, explains Professor Robert Moots.

Once adults reach 40, they start to lose between 0.5 and 2 per cent of their muscle each year. Regular exercise can help prevent this..

•HEARING Starts ageing mid-50s

More than half of people over 60 lose hearing because of their age, according to the Royal National Institute for the Deaf.

The condition, known as presbycusis, happens due to a loss of ‘hair cells’ – tiny sensory cells in the inner ear which pick up sound vibrations and send them to the brain.

•SKIN Starts ageing mid-20s

The skin starts to age naturally in your mid-20s. According to Dr Andrew Wright, a consultant dermatologist with Bradford NHS Trust, as we get older production of collagen – the protein which acts as scaffolding to the skin – slows, and elastin, the substance that enables skin to snap back into place, has less spring and can even break.

Dead skin cells don’t shed as quickly and turnover of new skin cells may decrease slightly. This causes fine wrinkles and thin, transparent skin – even if the first signs may not appear until our mid-30s (unless accelerated by smoking or sun damage).

•TASTE AND SMELL Start ageing at 60

We start out in life with about 10,000 taste buds scattered on the tongue. This number can halve later in life. After we turn 60, taste and smell gradually decline, partly as a result of the normal ageing process.

This can be accelerated by problems such as polyps in the nasal or sinus cavities. It can also be the cumulative effect of years of smoking.

•FERTILITY starts ageing at 35

Female fertility begins to decline after 35, as the number and quality of eggs in the ovaries start to fall. The lining of the womb may become thinner, making it less likely for a fertilised egg to take, and also creating an environment hostile to sperm.

Male fertility also starts to drop around this age. Men who wait until their 40s before starting a family have a greater chance of their partner having a miscarriage, because of the poorer quality of their sperm.

• HAIR Starts ageing at 30

Male hair loss usually begins in the 30s. Hair is made in tiny pouches just under the skin’s surface, known as follicles.
A hair normally grows from each follicle for about three years, is then shed, and a new hair grows.

However, with male-pattern baldness, changes in levels of testosterone from their early-30s affect this cycle, causing the hair follicles to shrink.

Each new hair is thinner than the previous one.. Eventually, all that remains is a much smaller hair follicle and a thin stump of hair that does not grow out to the skin surface.

Most people will have some grey hair by the age of 35. When we are young, our hair is coloured by the pigments produced by cells in the hair follicle known as melanocytes.
As we grow older, melanocytes become less active, so less pigment is produced, the colour fades, and grey hairs grow instead.
http://healthmaxim.com/2010/11/how-your-organs-age-at-different-times/