Cancer, Diabetes and Other Diseases: A Nutritional Approach

I am not a doctor or a nutritionist but I have been researching nutrition under the guidance of some very gifted and effective nutritionists for the past 11 years and I believe I have uncovered information that may help to explain the health crisis that the U.S. is currently in.   Looking back 100 years, we see that disease rates were much lower than today. You can do your own research on this but I think you will find that cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and most others were all under 1 percent of the population.

To illustrate this, Dr. Paul Dudley White, who was President Eisenhower’s  personal physician, said just after Eisenhower’s second heart attack, “When I graduated from medical school in 1911, we had never heard of coronary thrombosis” (heart attack). To repeat “never even heard of heart attack”.  In fact, they were so rare then that the first article in the Journal of the American Medical Association about heart attack was written in 1912.

Today, cancer is said to affect 20 to 30 per cent of the population, and the others are all in the same neighborhood.  In all fairness, we must be doing something wrong. The research of Dr. Weston A. Price (http://westonapricefoundation.org) may shed some light on this. In the 1930’s and 40’s he traveled the world visiting 14 different indigenous societies, among them the Cherokee Indians, Eskimos, Melanesians, Polynesians, the Maoris,  Aborigines, New Hebrides islanders, South American tribes and several others. None of these groups  were on the main trade routes and had diets that did not include any kind of processed food, sugar or flour.   He found that they all had excellent health, very little cavities, (an average of 1 per hundred teeth) no cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, mental retardation, birth defects or tuberculosis – or any metabolic diseases. The things they did suffer from were malaria, snakebite and accidents. They had excellent physiques and dispositions.

In the years following when they began to  eat Western man’s foods, especially white sugar and white  flour, they began to develop all the above mentioned diseases.(as did their pets)  Some of them also began to develop criminal  tendencies, where they had been completely non existent before. He also observed that when they began to develop these diseases, that if they would revert to their traditional diets, many of them would recover.

Price spent 9 years visiting these peoples, even coming  back the next generation to document the changes that took place in their health.  His book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” has been “life changing” for many people, myself included,  and documents his research complete with pictures,  which some people say tell the story better than anything.

This research shows two very important things:  1) That it is possible to live in perfect health. And 2) that  processed foods can in themselves create any number of nutritional imbalances and diseases. It is also interesting to see that these indigenous groups had about 4 times the minerals in their diet that we do today, and about 10 times as much vitamin A, in the form of raw butter, cheese, blubber, liver, fat, or coconut oil depending on what was available to them. There are many articles, websites and reviews that enumerate the details and care that Price took, comparing hereditary, environmental and social factors in determining the causes of health and disease; and many doctors consider his work the gold standard of nutritional research. One such review can be found at  http://www.journeytoforever.org/farm_library/price_byrnes.html.

As far as people in this country, cancer and these other diseases did not start to escalate to their current levels until the 1950’s, just after farmers began spraying their crops with pesticides and herbicides. Contamination of the soil is the major consideration here, and there are hundreds of websites which attest to the effects on human health of the inability of polluted soil to convey mineral content to plants.

On top of this, there are about 80 minerals that are essential for human health, and it is the current practice of farmers to “replenish” the soil with nothing more than Nitrogen, Pottasium and Phosphorus. (The “Big three” as they are called). These three minerals are what is necessary for the basic formulation of a plant, but do not address the issue of nutrition, to anything but a nominal degree.. According to many nutritional experts,  this lack of minerals, and the vitamins and proteins and enzymes that result from them,  are the reason for our much increased disease rates since 1950.

At this point it should be mentioned that Organic farming would seem to be the obvious remedy for this situation.  However, the laws on organic farming do not require farmers to replenish their soil with minerals, and according to my research, no more than 20% of organic farmers presently are in the habit of doing so.

This makes supplementation almost mandatory, and some nutritionists have come a long way not only in  explaining these diseases but also in curing them. Central to one prominent approach is the role of digestive enzymes, which are in no where near the quantity they were found in food 100 years ago.  According to  Dr. Edward Howell, the world’s leading researcher on enzymes, (from 1937 till his death in 1997), enzymes are life itself.   There are enzymes present in every chemical exchange that occurs in the body. Howell did numerous studies with animals showing that when they were forced to survive on enzyme deficient diets, they invariably suffered any number of diseases.  If a person eats natural foods that have been grown in soil that has adequate minerals, as in the case of the indigenous societies above, health is generally excellent.  But with low enzyme levels, the body has to draw on it’s reserves of metabolic enzymes for  digestion .  This takes them away from other repair work and functions that are going on, and as time goes by can begin to extract a toll on health.

Dr. Michael O’Brien recognized this and cured himself of cancer in the 1960’s, as 1000’s of people have since then using his methods. One of the things Dr. O’Brien demonstrated that was unknown until that time was that you cannot take too many enzymes (at least up to 1000 capsules a day) – they know where they are needed, and any excess simply strengthens your immune system.  Although O’Brien’s methods have been highly successful, don’t expect your doctor to start prescribing enzymes to you (although some do.) Most doctors do not have more than a few hours training in nutrition and more and more are learning from textbooks written by pharmaceutical companies and promoting their drugs.  Enzymes are a natural substance and as such cannot be patented, so there is very little money to be made from them. The book “Come Alive”, by  Dr. Bernard Jensen, himself a survivor of advanced prostate cancer using this method, gives full documentation and credit to O’Brien’s method.  If you would like to read more about Dr. O’Brien and his use of enzymes, as well as  the products he formulates, go to http://squidoo.com/obrienenzymes.

The Joy of Living

Life is beautiful on its own. I realize this after I translated the short story Good Luck and Best Wishes from Chinese into English.

In the story, people live a primitive life with few modern belongings in a far-off mountainous area; however, they enjoy life enormously. A bowl of fermented spirits, a flowery bun, colorful strings, spices, scented pouches, and longing for love and marriage bring them great joy of living.

Mom teaches her teen daughter how to hold a needle and how to use a thimble to sew flowered cloth into the shape of a heart to make a scented pouch, and how to spread aromatic spices to make the scented pouch bulge. The girl savors the pleasure of using a thimble to push a needle, the pleasure of pulling a needle through a cloth, and the pleasure of joining two pieces of cloth together.

Dad teaches his young boy to pound the spices in a mortar with a stone pestle, but spices jump out mischievously. Through pounding and pounding, the boy finally can make the spices turn compliant and burst into flowers, which satisfies him. As he pounds the pestle up and down, the house becomes filled with the aroma.

The atmosphere is aromatic and mystic and the practice means more than itself. The teenagers feel that it is something beautiful and worth expecting. The implication of sex education is evasive, beautiful and healthy.

On Dragon Boat Festival (the 5th day of the 5th lunar month), the young boys and young girls climb onto mountaintop to collect Chinese spicy mugwort plants, they feel like harvesting good luck and best wishes for the entire year. They enjoy being young, being together, being pure and being in love.

The story doesn’t provide a specific time setting nor a particular place. There is nothing to do with politics. It is simply an ode to life. Living is meaningful and beautiful by itself. It doesn’t take much to be happy.

Good Luck and Best Wishes, authored by Wenbin Guo, is included in the short story collection Street Wizards and Other New Folklore, one volume of 21st Century Chinese Literature, which presents a kaleidoscope of Chinese folk customs and provides a view of the multifaceted and living China.

Wenbin Guo, born in 1966 in Xiji County, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, now is a chair of the Federation of Literary and Art Circles of Yinchuan City and vice Chair of Ningxia Writer’s Association. Good Luck and Best Wishes has won the People’s Literature Prize and other awards in China.

Osteopenia vs. Osteoperosis – What You Need To Know For Better Bone Health

Many baby boomers have never heard of osteopenia. In fact, many women with osteopenia do not even know they have it until a bone is fractured. For these women, the next step down is osteoporosis, so this is a critical stage that can impact the rest of their lives. Women can stop the bone loss now, or they can do nothing and end up with fragile bones that break easily and send them to bed or to a wheelchair.

WHAT is Osteopenia

Osteopenia is a condition of low bone density, which can be normal for some women in the aging process, but is a major issue for women who are genetically disposed to ostepenia or osteooporosis.

If bone density is not addressed, the bones of women with osteopenia continue to deteriorate into osteoporosis, or severe bone loss. At that point, the bones are so fragile that a simple fall may result in a fractured hip. In fact, most people have heard about someone who fell down, broke a hip, and never recovered.

WHO is Most at Risk?

Since more than 18 million women have osteopenia, it should be a concern for all women. Many post-menopausal women have osteopenia because of lost estrogen. Other factors that can cause estrogen loss as well:

• Excessive alcohol use
• Lack of exercise
• Smoking
• Some asthma medications

A broken bone in a middle-age person can be a sign of osteopenia, or even osteoporosis. As the bone becomes less dense, the possibility of fracture increases. Once there is even just one fracture, it is a sign that you are at risk for more fractures. The factors that cause women to develop osteopenia are actually the same as for osteoporosis.

Young athletic women often develop osteopenia because they have low body weight. Since estrogen levels are stored in body fat, athletic or very thin women have a greater chance of developing osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Some women athletes do not have a menstrual period, which throws off their estrogen levels and encourages osteopenia. Women with lean, muscular bodies and no fat are at particularly at risk, especially the following athletes:

• Gymnasts
• Dancers
• Skaters
• Swimmers
• Runners

Runners often absorb less calcium than other women. That happens because they tend to avoid milk products when they are in training. Other risks that increase a woman’s potential for developing osteopenia are:

• Early menopause
• Genetic disposition to osteoporosis
• Anorexia nervosa
• Not consuming enough calcium
• Small, thin frame

HOW to Diagnose Osteopenia

A DEXA X-ray, or dual X-ray absorptionetry, is a test that can scan any bone in the body to diagnose bone density. They say if a middle-aged or older woman has sustained a bone fracture, it is very possible that she may already have osteopenia or even osteoporosis.

There is just no way to know you have it unless you receive the X-ray. Another test that some doctors use, however, is the quantitative ultrasound, which measures the speed of sound against the bone.

WHEN Should Women Get a Bone Density Test?

Experts suggest all women over 65 should get one. They also recommend the test for women 60 years old who have certain risk factors. It is important to discuss this issue with your doctor to come up with a screening plan that is appropriate for you.

HOW to Prevent or Heal Osteopenia

The bottom line in preventing osteopenia is to maintain the densest bones possible. The denser they are, the stronger they are. Other factors that come into play include hormones, nutrition, some medications, and an acid diet. These issues can cause thin or weak bones, but not all women with the same bone density share equal risk for fractures.

The important difference is lifestyle and diet. Women who exercise, watch their diet, and consume enough calcium, minerals, and vitamins will have stronger bones.

Another individual factor in preventing osteopenia or osteoporosis is vitamin D. In fact, Canada is so convinced of its importance that they say a diet with enough vitamin D and calcium, along with exercise, will result in strong bones and help prevent osteoporosis. The U.S. does not yet make that claim with vitamin D, but it is something to keep in mind.

Vitamin D is available in very few foods, but it is found in fatty fish like sardines, tuna, mackerel, and herring. It is also added to many dairy products and juices. Most of what the body gets, however, is absorbed from sunlight. Surprisingly, 6 days of sunlight can offset 49 days of no sunlight. Body fat stores vitamin D when there is sunlight, and releases it when the sun goes away.

People who are middle aged and older do not spend as much time in the sunshine as younger people. They also do not have as many receptors in their skin to convert sunlight to vitamin D. Their bodies also have more problems absorbing vitamin D, even when it is in their diet. Supplements do not convert well in older people because of their aging kidneys.

For people over 65, more than 40% do not have enough vitamin D in their system, even those who live in sunny southern climates. To prevent osteopenia and osteoarthritis, all women should take vitamin D supplements along with a healthy diet and exercise, but particularly those who live in northern climates with little winter sun.

Foods with the proper nutrients include:

• Broccoli
• Cheese
• Yogurt
• Milk

OSTEOPENIA – Stopping Osteoperosis Early

Appropriate exercises can help keep osteopenia and osteoporosis at bay. These exercises should include activities such as:

• Swimming
• Walking
• Weights
• Running
• Tennis

For good bone health, women need to take charge of their own bodies as they age. It is never too late to start. The good news is that wherever you are in the bone density category, any change now will lead you down the path to good bone health and the prevention of osteopenia.

Hardwood Floor Refinishing – Do It Yourself Tips

If you're lucky enough to find hardwood floors hiding under your tired carpeting, you might feel like covering the wood back up. That's understandable because refinishing the floors yourself seems like an impossible task.Hardwood floors were a common feature in houses until the 1960s. Before that, having wall-to-wall carpet was considered a luxury upgrade. From the 1970s on, most homes had a wall-to-wall carpet in nearly every room. However, tastes change, and over the last couple decades, hardwood floors have once again become fashionable and desirable. Oftentimes, when I'm talking with someone about fixing houses, they ask if refinishing hardwood floors is something they can do themselves. Without the person has a physical reason why they can not do it, I generally say yes. However, I also remember them that redoing hardwood floors takes a great deal of time, sweat, and elbow grease.

As a general rule, floors of fifty square feet or less can be sanded by hand, but for any floor larger than that, rent or buy a small orbital sander. Everything necessary for doing it yourself will be available at your local hardware store. You can buy a pretty good electric sander nowdays for less than $ 100, which can be a good investment, especially if you're planning to work on your home on a regular basis.The first layer to be removed is often a thick wax coating, followed by a coat of either polyurethane or varnish. A heavy duty commercial wax stripper can remove the wax, and then a lacquer thinner or acetone can be wiped on to prepare the wood for the next step. If there are any carpet tacks or pieces of old nails in the wood, remove them first. The remnant of a nail can tear up wallpaper, damage a sanding pad, and do serious damage to the palm of your hand, so check carefully to make sure all remnants of tacks and nails are gone before you begin sanding. Fill all nail holes with a quality wood filler, matching the color as closely as you can, and let it dry. Then you're ready to begin sanding the floor with 220-grit sandpaper, whether by hand or with a sander. When you're done sanding, wipe the entire floor with a damp cloth to remove as much sanding dust as possible. Damp cloths work better than vacuum cleaners. Let the floor dry, and then wipe it again with a tack rag, which is a cloth impregnated with resin to pick up fine dust particles. Again, your local hardware store will have what you need.After the floor is as clean as you can get it, apply three coats of polyurethane with a paint pad, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly, lightly sanding with 220-grit paper, and wiping the floor with a damp cloth and a tack rag between coats. If you prefer an old-fashioned finish, you can use a 50/50 mixture of linseed oil and mineral spirits and then wax the floors with beeswax or paste wax. Take caution with the chemical mixture and the rags because they can catch on fire.

You can refinish hardwood floors yourself. It just takes time and effort – and a good set of kneepads would not hurt, either! Once you finish, you'll have a gorgeous floor to be proud and ready for that next "do it yourself" project – perhaps the next room with hardwood floors.

The Dangers of Chronic Stress

There are two types of stress. The first type is acute stress. That’s the kind where your body senses danger and adapts to the threat by making physical changes which enable you to quickly get out of harms way. This occurs because your body secretes chemicals and stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These chemicals are secreted in response to your thoughts and cause your body to prepare for “fight or flight.” For example, let’s say you are crossing the street and you notice a car quickly approaching. You see the car which causes you to feel fear and anxiety. Your body then adapts to the stress by secreting chemicals and hormones which send messages to your heart, lungs and organs in order to prepare them to handle your crisis. Your heart rate increases, blood flow is diverted to muscles allowing for quick movement, your pupils dilate and more oxygen flows through your lungs for an extra burst of energy. These changes allow you to react quickly, enabling you to jump onto the curb to safety. Within a short period of time your body calms down and things return to normal. This protective mechanism is crucial to your safety and is designed to protect you against danger.

The other type of stress is called chronic stress. With chronic stress, chemicals and hormones which were only intended to be secreted for a short period of time are continually being released. The stress response is engaged and never turned off. Glands which secrete these chemicals don’t have an opportunity to replenish or restore themselves to pre stress levels. Your body remains in a state of hyper arousal and hormones which are meant to help and protect you are over secreted and eventually depleted. It’s like turning on the shower at full force and leaving it on. Eventually, you’re going to run out of hot water.

Stress and the immune system are very closely linked. Your immune system maintains internal harmony within your body. When it is healthy and strong, it is in fighting shape to protect you against unwanted invasion. One of the biggest dangers with chronic stress is that the over secretion of chemicals suppresses your immune system. When this occurs, your body doesn’t have the ability to fight off invaders as effectively, so you have less protection against illness, stress related conditions and disease. The immune system is directly affected by the way we handle stress. If it’s strong, it offers us protection, if it is weak, it is unable to fight for us.(Have you ever noticed how you may get a respiratory infection when you’re under a lot of stress? The stress you were under caused a release of stress hormones which weakened your immune system and couldn’t protect you against the invader).

Stress hormones and chemicals are released according to the way we think, feel and act. The way we think, feel and act is based on our ideas, beliefs, value system, religious upbringing, personality, culture and past conditioning. All of these variables determine how we are affected by stress because they create how we view the world around us. One event can be viewed so differently by two people depending on their perspective. For example, have you ever noticed how two people can view traffic? Once person can be seen banging their steering wheel, cursing and flooding in a sea of stress induced hormones. The other person can be seen catching up on phone calls, listening to music and enjoying a quiet moment. It’s the same event for both, but how the event is regarded is completely different and is based on the way each one interprets the event. While we are all affected by stress differently, people who are better equipped to handle the stressors in their lives are the ones who enjoy the greatest health and wellness benefits. Their bodies aren’t continually releasing stress hormones which are causing immune system damage along with other bodily wear and tear.

When these chemicals are being constantly secreted, over time they can also cause stress induced conditions, illness and disease because they alter the chemistry of your cells while weakening your immune system. When hormones such as cortisol are depleted, autoimmune diseases can occur and conditions like arthritis are common. When levels are abnormal, other problems arise. Sleep quality, skin disorders, infertility, anxiety and delayed healing are all common when stress hormones are out of balance.

Stress also affects the nervous system which is directly tied to the digestive system. Ever notice how you many feel gassy, bloated or like you haven’t fully digested when you scarf down lunch? Your body interpreted the stress you were feeling and decided that it was more important to prepare you for the perceived battle than to effectively digest your meal. Digestive disturbances are so widespread that they are now the largest emergency room complaint. Conditions like reflux, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers are all so common and can all be tied to stress.

If things weren’t bad enough, stress also causes us to age more quickly. This happens when cortisol is over secreted, there isn’t enough and more needs to be produced. Levels are regained by borrowing chemicals from your estrogen stores which are needed to help retain youth and vitality. Have you even noticed someone and thought “Wow, that person looks like they’ve had a hard life.” The way they’ve handled their stress is written all over them.

When you thought things couldn’t get worse, stress can also make you overweight! Here’s what happens. When you’re stressed the stress hormones are released and increase your appetite for high fat, high calorie foods. You then eat those foods and those are the foods which encourage the release of stress hormones! It’s an endless cycle leading to the over secretion of stress hormones, weight gain and frustration. These hormones also encourage fat to be stored in your abdominal region, increase the amount of glucose floating around in your blood and lay the groundwork for insulin resistance, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension. So, the stress you interpret encourages you to eat foods that make you heavier which causes the release of more chemicals. If you’re an emotional eater, you’re in even bigger trouble. Now you’ve added extra eating as way to self medicate to feel better from your stress. You may choose foods high in fat and carbohydrates which give you a boost of the feel good chemical serotonin. This lifts you up but then drops you hard and you are left with less energy than before. At this point, you’re left with your original stress, the feelings regarding your eating habits, excess weight, a starting point for illness or disease and stress hormones on a rampage.

It’s important to realize that the stress response was designed to be effective when used for short term safety. Unfortunately, those same chemicals which protect you from immediate danger, hurt you when they continue to be released. To make matters worse, the body doesn’t know if the stress is real or merely imagined. It will secrete stress hormones whether you’re grieving over the death of a loved one, reacting to your kids making you crazy or replaying the pain, hurt or argument you had with your mother ten years ago.

We often don’t realize how the stress we feel can lead to a physical response. It may be easier to accept that a physical response is due to a physical cause. For example, you stub your toe, you scream out in pain. But think of this. You hear something embarrassing or something that makes you angry. The message is heard and interpreted by you according to the way you’ve learned to think, feel and act. As a result, you turn beet red or blush! If you’re nervous about something, you may feel “butterflies” or your hands may get clammy. If you’re angry you may feel “your blood boil”, you may have a “sour stomach” or you may feel heat coming off of you. All of these examples are physical reactions to emotions. The message was heard, interpreted, chemicals were secreted and you had a physical reaction to the message. That’s just one incidence! Now imagine the stress of motherhood, trying to be a good wife, coworker, daughter, sister, friend or neighbor. Add the need to be perfect, liked, approved, admired and respected. Mix it with the stress, strain and anxiety of past hurts, grievances and negative feelings stemming from an outlook or perspective that doesn’t serve you well. What have you got? A recipe for stress related conditions, illness and disease. While this may seem frightening, the beauty is you are in a wonderful position to stop the stress response. Remember, your stress may not change. What can change however is the way you choose to react to it.

Sports and Hobbies in Kenya

Kenya is a land of acclaimed of numerous sportsmen who rule race tracks both locally and internationally, with an abundance of creative hobbies to pursue in spare time.

Sports and hobbies in Kenya are embedded in the country’s culture and are used to promote the highly social lifestyles and collectivist nature of the populace. By investing in sports as a culture (shown through the number of gold medals she has won), Kenya has also cemented its reputation as a home of sports champions. The Kenyan national anthem is a frequent tune at international sporting events as sports men and women receive accolades for their sporting achievements.

Notable Kenyan sportsmen

Kenya has nurtured real sports talent that includes sportsmen and women with domestic and international status who have won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals:

  • Great Marathoner Catherine Ndereba
  • Long-distance runner Paul Tergat
  • Long-distance track runner Tegla Loroupe
  • Gold medalist Ezekiel Kemboi
  • Current 800m Olympic world record holder David Rudisha
  • 800m Olympic gold medalist and winner of the Golden League Jackpot Pamela Jelimo
  • Olympic gold holder, Samwel Wanjiru (deceased)
  • Safari Rally driver Ian Duncan
  • Rugby’s Humphrey Kayange

Major sports in Kenya

There are assortments of major sports that Kenyans are engaged in from childhood, through school years up to professional level:

Track & Field

Kenya is known worldwide for its achievements in track and field, including short and long-distance track and field, road and walking races, cross country and marathons.

Most annual marathons held in Kenya are for social causes, including:

  • Lewa Marathon
  • Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon
  • Safaricom Marathon
  • Kass International Marathon
  • Kisumu World AIDS Marathon
  • Sotokoto Safari Marathon

Kenya Sevens Rugby Team

In 2012, Kenya Sevens Team finished fourth in 2012’s IRB World Sevens Series and had a good start in 2013, with a second place win after England, contesting at Wellington Sevens, New Zealand, which is their best performance yet. The Safari Sevens Rugby Tournament and Safaricom Sevens are some of the local rugby events.

Kenya National Football, the Harambee Stars

Formerly a force to reckon with, the team is presently a shadow of its former self. Internal management conflicts, misconduct among funs and poor pay for players have contributed to poor performance of the team in national and regional games. However, local sports teams such as Gor Mahia and AFC Leopard have a massive fan base and are targeted to change football in Kenya.

Common Hobbies

Most Kenyans have individual hobbies based on their interests and where they live. Rural folks are laid back while urban folks are more actively involved in their hobbies. There are hobbies common across ages, gender, social status and regions in Kenya that include:

  • Attending major events such as festivals, fashion shows, sport matches, political and religious rallies
  • Going to theatres and movie cinemas
  • Reading
  • Watching home movies and listening to music
  • Watching local television and radio channels
  • Travelling and touring
  • Karaoke (there’s a growing karaoke culture in urban Kenya)

Most young people consider logging into social media as a hobby, checking their accounts at least thrice a day. With almost every Kenyan having a mobile phone, their spare time is spent in mobile messaging, browsing the internet and socializing through social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

How Do You Enlarge Your Penis Naturally In The Heat Of The Moment?

Imagine yourself on a date with the woman of your fantasy … pretty, young and voluptuous. You have worked hard setting up this date, waiting for the perfect timing, and now the moment you have been dreaming of has finally arrived.

Imagine further that you have succeeded in seducing the young woman, and she has agreed to spend the night with you … in bed! Now, you become apprehensive: what if your penis does not deliver as expected? What if your erection is not as hard as it used to be? What if the girl is left wanting? Of course you would not want such a letdown to happen! A question immediately comes to mind: how do I enlarge my penis naturally?

Sure, you have heard about medications to enhance performance, but you are afraid of the possible side effects. So how do you enlarge your penis naturally?

They say that the first step in solving a problem is recognizing it. How do you enlarge your penis naturally if you think that that is not your problem? Many men in fact would not admit it's their problem. Recognizing the problem also means understanding the problem. Declining libido and sexual desire are caused by many factors, ranging from natural to artificial. Causes can be as natural as mere aging, or as artificial as being psychological. Causes in between are mostly as a consequence of how we live our lives, or what we may call lifestyle causes. Vices like smoking and drinking, poor diet, and lack of exercise contribute significantly to poor sexual performance. Due to poor diet, smoking, and intake of alcohol, the blood vessels constrict the flow of blood in the body, particularly to the penis.

This question that many men are afraid to ask remains – how do you enlarge your penis naturally? An enhancement product, coupled with a healthy lifestyle is the answer. Healthy blood circulation is the key to a healthy sex life. Regular exercise and a balanced diet are important in keeping that healthy blood circulation. Exercise need not mean going to the gym; it could be as simple as using the stairs instead of the elevators, or walking instead of driving your car for very short distances.

For the longest period, people have used concoctions of plants and herbs to enhance virility, and health in general. Natural supplements are perceived to have less side-effects as the synthetic types, and rightly so. Herbal supplements work by allowing a freer flow of blood to the penis, increasing the volume of blood flow by enlarging the blood vessels. The penis size is likewise enlarged.

Increasing Collagen CAN Be Done Naturally (Skeptical? Let Me Prove It)

I know it seems too good to be true, but you actually can increase your body’s production of collagen naturally. In fact, I’ll be as bold to say that it’s the only needle-free way to actually replace collagen. This means that “collagen” cream you purchased (you know, the one that lists “collagen” as an ingredient) is pure bunk.

Skeptical? Good for you. It shows you’re a thinker. Since I respect that, let me build my case. Then you can make your own decision about whether to continue buying those so-called aging collagen boosters, or hop over the fence to the green pastures of proven natural skin stimulants.

BFF: Collagen, Elastin, and Keratin

What is collagen? Collagen is a type of protein. You have it all over your body – it connects and supports your tissues. Skin, bone, tendons, muscles, cartilage…there are more than 25 different types knitting your body together. Without it, you would, quite literally, fall apart.

Collagen has a close friend, elastin, that helps it maintain strong healthy (wrinkle-free) skin. These two peas-in-a-pod rely on one another. The collagen provides the strength, the elastin the flexibility. As you age, the collagen and elastin begin to deteriorate. Lack of strong collagen starts the wrinkling process. Poor elastin allows the skin to sag.

Intermingling with these two is Keratin. Keratin is a wonder-protein that can be as hard as a rock (like in horns, nails, and claws) or as soft as a blanket (like in wool). These “Three Musketeers” of healthy skin work together.

So why do I conject that those products containing “collagen” of “elastin” ingredients are pure bunk? Because their molecules are too large to slide inside your skin’s natural barriers. You might as well be spreading yogurt on your face (…and actually that could be more beneficial…)

The only benefit to those creams is that they will slow down water loss, leaving your skin feeling supple, but not really doing any real work. (It’s smoke and mirrors.)

Why do you suppose celebrities and other wealthy socialites are willing to pay $375 for increasing collagen injections every 3-6 months? Because they understand that collagen must grow from the inside out.

Personally, I don’t have $1500 to set aside every year for collagen treatments. That’s why I was so excited to discover through my research that there is actually an ingredient called Cynergy TK that we can use to increase our collagen naturally (and needle-free).

Functional Keratin to the Rescue!

Remember the wonder-protein Keratin I mentioned? In an effort to shave costs, some manufacturers will attempt to add keratin into their products by reducing hooves, horns and feathers with high temperatures and acids (called “hydrolyzation”) into a form they can then add to a cream. Does this sound skin-yummy to you?

A bio-company called Keratec (who creates Cynergy TK), has achieved some truly amazing feats in the world of biological beauty products. They specialize in taking organic substances and developing them (through natural means) into helpful and healthy skin products. Their most recent discovery converts the natural keratin from soft wool into a functional-form that is small enough to soak through your skin’s natural barrier. It’s called “keratin solublization”. (Doesn’t that just sound so much better?)

This new “Functional Keratin” is very similar to the basic protein found in your skin. This means that your skin reacts to it with open arms, in a “come on in, buddy!” attitude. In clinical trials, Functional Keratin was proven to not only stimulate the re-growth of collagen, but also it’s best friend and ally: elastin. As your body naturally begins to increasing collagen, and your elastin levels double, your wrinkles begin to fade away.

This is just a 2-D picture of the benefits scientists discovered when testing Cynergy TK. To see the whole picture of all the benefits Cynergy TK has for your skin (besides increasing collagen and elastin levels). Visit my website hyperlinked below. From antioxident benefits (goodbye blemishes!) to aiding in reducing redness and skin sensitivity, Cynergy TK promises to be the Patriarch in a whole new, natural, way of looking at skin care.

If your skin care product promises increasing collagen levels but doesn’t contain Cynergy TK, you’re being had. You can either pony up the $1500 for yearly collagen injections, or (like me) pick up a product with Cynergy TK. Too see the products I’ve found that contain this new breakthrough ingredient, visit my website below.

Simple Egg Diets for Dogs

Egg diets are quite easier in nature, since they come with a balanced amount of nutrients with the taste. Mixing a small amount of salt could give out a great taste to both human beings and dogs. It is very much essential to feed the dog with a proper food, which is both balanced with nutrients and taste. Most of the dogs love to eat egg dishes on a regular basis, since they can be slightly compared with a non-vegetarian dish.

How is it Important?

Eggs are quite cheap compared to any other nutritional food for dogs and it can be fed on a daily basis to provide a balanced amount of nutrients for the dog. Egg is a good source of Vitamin A, B12, Iron, Riboflavin, Fatty Acids, Iron and Selenium. Most of the dishes are pretty much similar to our dishes, since dogs can consume egg with and without few ingredients. Unlike human animals, dogs can even consume egg shells, as they have the capacity to digest easily. Raw egg shells can be fed to dogs on a regular basis by grinding them in a coffee grinder with a piece of meat.

Some of the highly recommended and the most common egg diets for your dog.

1. Scrambled Eggs with Cheese

Ingredients

• 1 Egg per dog
• Water
• Cheese – optional
• Powdered garlic

Cooking Method

• Add water in a microwave container
• Crack eggs and mix it with water properly
• Add cheese to the container (optional)
• Place it in the oven for a span of 2 minutes
• Take off the water carefully (optional)
• Cool it and serve it to your dog on a regular basis

2. Scrambled Eggs with Fruits or Vegetables

Ingredients

• 1 egg per dog
• Vegetables or fruits
• Powdered garlic
• Oil and pan
• Cheese – optional

Cooking Method

• Crack the egg
• Add water in the pan and mix it with eggs
• Fry or boil all the vegetables or fruits
• Cook the pan for a span of 5 minutes
• Add fried or boiled vegetables and mix it properly
• Cool it and feed your dog on a daily basis.

3. Egg and Bread

Ingredients

• 2 slices of bread
• One egg per dog
• Garlic to taste
• Oil and pan

Cooking Method

• Crack the egg in the center of the bread
• Crush all the egg shells and mix it on the bread
• Place the bread in the pan with oil or keep it in the microwave oven
• Add a mix of garlic paste to add taste
• Cool it and serve it to your dog once in 3 days

Fueling Your Body For Peak Performance and Optimal Health

Peak physical performance is the goal of every athlete. Proper training is of vital importance to achieve this goal. But keep in mind that while exercise moves the body, food not only fuels the body but actually makes the body.

We’ve all heard the analogy about needing to eat good food for high-energy fuel just as our cars need good gasoline. But a living organism is quite different from a car. Our fuel literally makes and remakes our bodies as we grow, metabolize, tear down, and ultimately rebuild our bodies on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly cycle. After several year’s time, you will have replaced virtually every cell and other component that makes up your body! And what are those made up of? Everything you eat. So the adage is true: “You are what you eat!”

Nutritional Components of Peak Performance

Why is this significant? Because to achieve peak physical performance, you need “high-octane” fuel for peak energy and high-quality fuel for building and maintaining your physical “machine.”

“High-octane” refers to the amount of energy that can be derived from the food eaten. We know that carbohydrates are important in creating short-term energy or fuel, while fats create a more sustained long-term energy source. Proteins work more in the area of building and rebuilding. So how do we go about getting the highest quality carbohydrates, fats, and proteins available?

The Search for the Best Foods for the Human Body

Flashback: When I was growing up, my grandmother Louise was a “health nut.” She read Prevention magazine, talked about foods that were “poisons,” such as sugar, and touted “miracle foods,” such as brewer’s yeast and blackstrap molasses (which she added to her cereal every morning). Everyone in our family thought she was a fanatic–except me, because Grandma Louise was the most positive, energetic person I knew, and I wanted to be just like her! Grandma loved life so much that she wanted to live forever (or at least to be 100!).

So I would constantly ask Grandma about different foods and whether they were “good for you” or “bad for you.” She would then explain to me the virtues and pitfalls of all the foods I asked about. I was so relentless with my questions that one day, frustrated, she gave up and said, “Roy, if it’s food, it’s good–don’t worry about it, just eat it!”

As I grew up, my interest in health and nutrition grew and eventually became my profession. The questions I had asked my grandmother were now being asked of me by my patients and clients. Life had come around full circle, and I could see that it was my destiny to help people answer this question once and for all: “How do you figure out which foods are the best (and the worst) for peak performance and for preventing disease?”

Creating the System to Identify the Best Foods

What I came up with is a new twist on a concept called “nutrient density.” Nutrient density is the critical analysis that determines the quality of any food. How does it work? Well, nutrient density is the amount of nutrition per calorie. The more nutrition in the fewer calories, the better a food really is.

Here are some examples: Orange juice has a lot of vitamin C, as well as some vitamin A, folic acid, thiamin, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. It has only 80 calories per serving. A McDonald’s Big Mac has some B vitamins, vitamin A, and protein–and 700 calories. See the difference? It’s the ratio of calories to nutrients that’s particularly important. At the end of the day, you want to have packed as much nutrition into your calories as possible.

My twist is this: Not only does the Big Mac have less nutrition per calorie, it also has unhealthful things in it such as cholesterol, saturated fat, and total fat, which over time will have negative effects on the body. For that reason, the ideal system should measure how much “good” AND “bad” are in each food per calorie. Nutrient density measures only the good. Over a 10-year period of refinements and working with specialists, we created the best overall food-rating system.

The food analysis tracks 18 positive factors, or “essentials,” and eight negative factors, or “excessives,” in any given food to yield one number that tells you how good or bad that food is. The higher that number, the better the food. Eat at least 100 of these “nutritional points” from six food groups each day, and you will get all the nutrients you need while limiting the “negatives.”

Essentials

Protein

Calcium

Dietary fiber

Iron

Vitamin A

Vitamin C

Thiamine (B1)

Riboflavin (B2)

Pyridoxine (B6)

Niacin

Potassium

Magnesium

Phosphorus

Pantothenic acid

Zinc

Vitamin B12

Folic acid

Complex Carbohydrates

Excessives

Calories

Cholesterol

Total Fat

Saturated Fat

Sodium

Sugar

Caffiene

Alcohol

When I applied the analysis to a host of foods, there were some big surprises. Would you have guessed that a quarter of a cantaloupe scores 29 points, while an apple gets only 4.5? The simple explanation is that an apple is not packed with high nutrition; it’s a good food, but the quarter of a cantaloupe has 50 times the vitamin A, 10 times the vitamin C, and more of virtually every other significant nutrient than the apple. Maybe the motto should be “a cantaloupe a day!”

Let’s look at some other comparisons. Two cups of spinach rate 75 points, but an equal amount of iceberg lettuce scores only 18! Two slices of whole-wheat bread outscore white bread by a 6 to 2.5 margin, and cooked broccoli chalks up 38.5 points compared to 8.5 in a baked potato.

Once you have been introduced to this concept, it becomes sort of a numbers game. The system even includes negative scores for those foods that contain more excessives than essentials–like that Big Mac, at -2.

Cellular Peak Performance

Why is my system’s twist on nutrient density so important? Because we will all eat a certain number of calories every day, and we need to pack in as much positive (the essentials) and the least negative (the excessives) per calorie as possible for optimal cell function.

Optimal function means peak performance. Peak performance of every cell means peak performance of your whole body. To operate at peak efficiency, your body needs the best nutrition at the cellular level. The best way to get this is through eating foods that are highly nutrient-dense and have a low density of harmful components.

Top-Rated Foods

Let’s look at some of the top-rated foods in a few of the major food groups, sports drinks, and snack bars:

High-Carb Fruits

1/4 Cantaloupe 34.0

1 Guava 29.0

1/2 Papaya 20.5

1 c Strawberries 19.0

1/2 Mango 17.5

High-Nutrient Vegetables

2 c Fresh Spinach 75.0

1 c Fresh Broccoli 53.5

2 c Romaine Lettuce 47.5

8 pc Fresh Asparagus 44.0

1 c Fresh Cauliflower 40.5

High-Carb Grains

1 c Whole Wheat Total(R) Cereal 64.5*

1 c Total(R) Corn Flakes 57.5*

1 c Product 19(R) Cereal 56.0*

2/3 c Just Right(R) Cereal 51.0*

1/2 c All-Bran(R) Extra Fiber Cereal 40.5*

* Fortified

High-Protein Foods

1 c Nonfat Yogurt 10.0

1 c Skim Milk 9.5

1/2 c Tuna 8.0

1 Vegetarian Burger 7.5

1/4 c Egg Whites 6.0

1/2 c Lowfat Cottage Cheese 4.5

Low-Fat Proteins

1 c Juice Plus+ Complete(R) Drink 31.0*

1 c MET-Rx(R) Total Nutrition Milk Drink 23.0*

1 c ZonePerfect(R) Shake Mix 22.5*

1 c Myoplex(R) Milk Drink 21.0*

2 c Fresh Bean Sprouts (mung) 18.0

1/2 c Egg Beaters(R) Egg Substitute 17.5*

* Fortified

Sports Drinks/Gels

Kul Fuel(R) 22.0*

Ultima Replenisher(R) 16.0*

AminoVital(R) Fast Charge Sports Powder 8.5*

GU(R) Energy Gel 5.5*

Accelerade(R) Sports Gel 4.5*

* Fortified

Snack/Energy Bars

DrSoy(R) Protein Bar 34.5*

Pounds Off(R) Bar 29.5*

Clif(R) Luna Bar 28.5*

Pure Protein(R) 25.5*

Tiger’s(R) Sports Bar 25.0*

* Fortified

The system is set up so the goal is to get at least 100 nutritional points per day from six food groups, which provides all the nutritional requirements of the American Dietetic Association, American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association simultaneously.

A study from the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, TX showed the following results of using this nutrient density-based system in a two-week total-wellness program:

Weight: 8 lbs. or 4% decrease

Cholesterol: 14% decrease

Chol/HDL Ratio: 16% decrease

Glucose: 10% decrease

Triglycerides: 40% decrease

Treadmill Time: 19% increase

Blood Pressure: 6% decrease

So you can see that the same diet that fuels the body for peak performance also helps the body function optimally for disease prevention. The study participants’ fitness levels increased, and their risk factors for chronic diseases decreased significantly.

Nutrient-density is critical to the body’s optimal performance and function, and it should be measured in the diet of anyone seeking a competitive advantage and increased health and longevity. Tracking nutrient density is a scientific way to monitor progress, and provide motivation for improvement.

The Sports and Hobbies of Mozambique

Mozambicans are quite passionate about their sports; with a firm focus on soccer and to a lesser extent other sports. There are lots of opportunities for hobbies and recreational activities, but as these can be quite costly at times you will find most Mozambican’s aren’t able to partake. As with most other facets of this beautiful country, the lack infrastructure combined with the poverty levels have had a profound effect on the development of sports and hobbies through the entire land.


As a result of this, many of the most popular sports are those that don’t require much money to play.

Soccer

Soccer, sometimes known as football due to the Portuguese influence, is hugely popular in Mozambique as in other African nations. You will often come across both children and adults having an informal game whenever possible, especially on weekends. The structure for proper club soccer is not as good as in other countries due to infrastructure challenges, but there are still some professional clubs about. There is a lot of exchange between Portugal and Mozambique in soccer terms, with players and teams from each country regularly playing with and against each other.

Athletics

Athletics is a sport that is not a widely practiced as it should be, given the relative ease of getting involved. Mozambican does at times punch above its weight in this field of sport, having won a gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics proving that they can compete at the highest level.

Basketball

Unlike most other southern African nations, Basketball is a very popular sport in Mozambique. While being internationally recognized since 1978, the Mozambican national team has yet to win any notable championships. This of course hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm for the sport and it is still quite widespread.

Capoeira

The martial art sport of Capoeira is starting to take off in Mozambique, with the popularity growing at a rapid pace.

Stadiums

Stadiums and sporting facilities in Mozambique are in short supply, with some world class facilities recently being constructed with foreign investment. The outlying areas tend to have little to no facilities, while the soccer clubs seem to attract all the investment. The newest and best stadium is the Estadio do Zimpeto which was opened in 2011 and is able to seat up to 42,000 people. While being touted as a multi-use stadium, it is almost exclusively used for soccer matches.

Hobbies

The types of hobbies available in Mozambique are generally all of the physical, outdoor variety. The more popular hobbies include:

  • Fishing: With a substantial coast line, Mozambique is well known for fishing. This takes the form of both subsistence and recreational fishing. The country is well known for game fishing and is largely unspoiled, making it a firm favorite with both local and international visitors.
  • Watersports: Any sort of sport involving the water, whether it is sailing, diving or even just swimming, is quite popular due to the warm weather and water.
  • Sand boarding: Being quite an easy sport to learn and not always needing lots of equipment, sand boarding is a relatively new hobby that is starting to become quite popular.

Penis Sensitivity Tips: Dealing With Diabetes

When a man thinks of penis sensitivity, he might wonder what in the world diabetes has to do with it. On the other hand, those who are diagnosed with diabetes might immediately wonder how the disease will affect their intimate life. A man who is worried about diabetes and penis sensitivity can start to protect himself immediately by exercising excellent penis care, but it is also important to understand exactly how diabetes leads to a decrease in penis sensation and what can be done about it on a long-term basis.

What is diabetes?

There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is actually an autoimmune disease that often begins in childhood or early adulthood. In Type 1 diabetes, the body no longer produces insulin, so it must be provided through insulin injections.

Type 2 diabetes is different. Though some people with Type 2 diabetes might suffer from a pancreas that no longer creates as much insulin, the usual problem lies in insulin resistance. To put it simply, the body no longer uses insulin appropriately, and thus blood sugars are allowed to go up far too high. When this happens, other complications can occur, including a loss of sensitivity in certain regions of the body.

It is important to know that Type 1 diabetes is permanent – a man cannot reverse it. The much more common Type 2 diabetes, however, can often be reversed through a good diet and exercise regimen. This article focuses on men who suffer from Type 2 diabetes (but the helpful hints about penis sensitivity can apply to all men, whether they have Type 1, Type 2 or no diabetes at all!).

How does diabetes affect the penis?

Though this is something that doctors could write books about, we’ll break it down to something very simple: the higher a man’s blood glucose levels are, the more likely he will suffer from issues with circulation in the tiniest blood vessels of the body. Those tiny vessels are in the eyes, kidneys, brain and of course, the penis. When blood flow to those areas is compromised in any way, nerve damage can result.

Since the penis relies on the intricate network of nerves to feel sensation – and the intricate network of blood vessels to get hard and stay that way – it stands to reason that uncontrolled diabetes can really do some damage over time.

How to prevent penis sensitivity loss

When a man is diagnosed with diabetes, he must immediately consider what it will take to change that diagnosis. Eating a healthy diet and exercising usually lead to weight loss. A drop of even ten pounds can mean reversing many of the symptoms of diabetes.

In the meantime, a man should closely monitor his glucose levels and make sure they stay within what his doctor has determined is a healthy range. By doing this, a man can ensure that his penis health – and overall health – stays as good as possible while he works on dropping the extra weight.

He might also be prescribed medications to keep diabetes under control. Taking those medications exactly as directed can help ensure he stays as healthy as possible. Skipping medications could easily mean a man’s blood sugar runs too high, and that can mean penis sensitivity is taking a serious hit, every hour of the day.

A man can also look after the nerves in his penis to help preserve sensitivity. A top-notch penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can help him on this point. He should look specifically for a crème that contains acetyl-L-carnitine, an amino acid known for fighting peripheral nerve damage. Applying this nutrient directly to the skin in a Shea butter crème helps ensure a man is taking one more step to alleviating the loss of penis sensitivity diabetes can bring.

Review on the First Episode of Gene Simmon's Family Jewels

A & E is the place to watch the latest version of the family reality show genre started by the Osbournes on MTV. However, there are a few major differences between Gene Simmon's Family Jewels, and the Osbournes, the zany British family led by rocker Ozzy Osbourne and boisterous wife Sharon. The Osbournes enjoyed such a huge audience mainly because the viewers really felt like they were getting a true, fly-on-the-wall view of one of rock's first families. Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly really never came across as actors; They did not need to. Their own reality was so completely odd and unpredictable that watching paint dry in the Osbourne household was a privilege. However, Kiss frontman Gene "The Tongue" Simmons comes across as the lead actor in a show where his family looks to him to identify their individual roles, especially Simmons' common-law wife, Shannon Tweed, who was once Playboy Playmate of the year . In the premiere episode we see Shannon trying to one up Gene, who announces (to the cameras) that he is planning a surprise party for her birthday. The kids respond to his announcement in a predictable fashion – with disbelief. How on Earth would daddy Gene, which clueless approach to the real world (we see him bathing the family dog ​​by throwing the dog into the pool and struggling to run a dishwasher), know the very basics of party planning? Also, given the theme of the first episode – that Gene is truly the King of his manse, to what all must defer – would Gene be unselfish enough to give his time and energy to his common-law wife?

Gene and Shannon have been together for 23 years, and remain (in Gene's view) "happily unmarried." We learn quickly that Gene's reluctance to commit to the woman who has borne both of the couple's children is a source of amusement to the two teenagers, Nick and Sophie, and a source of distress to Shannon. But, does Gene care? Not if you believe what you see at the outside of the episode. Gene says to the camera "Marriage is an institution. You also have to be committed to it. Shannon's answer to Gene's unique attitude is "If someone does not marry you after 23 years, it means you're a loser." Could you imagine Sharon Osbourne being so self-effacing? Are you kidding – Sharon was the ultimate matriarch! Shannon's own teenage son even chimes in to support his wayward father. "It's good being a bachelor," he says laughing. Sad. Another future divorcee or serial monogamist in the making, compliments of Gene Simmons.

Gene then takes the cameras along for an all out bachelor night in Vegas. Just for the heck of it, he leaves his family and goes to Hooters. The girls are draped all over Gene, seeing a human cash register because there is not much else to look at. We see the Alpha male at his coolest – driving the bubbleheads around in a limousine all the while spouting out pathetic lines such as, "I believe that I should have as many women as possible and I believe you should have as many women as possible. " Please. I am humilated for him, and for his whole family who support his delusional reality in which he is front and center. When Gene appears at home, Shannon asks how Vegas was. His reply? "There were lots of boobs and they were all bouncing into each other." Yawn. At the end of the day, Shannon pulls a big ol 'staged surprise on Gene and plans an ambush wedding. I'm too bored to even write another word about it, but if you're worried, Gene is still the man, the myth and the unmarried legend. In his own eyes, at least.

Liver Toxicity 101 and the P450 Pathway

The liver is the second largest organ in the body (skin is the first largest).  Surprising, few people know about the liver and its importance to health and well-being.  This article will discuss the functions of the liver, the challenges it faces, and what can be done when something goes awry with this very important organ.

The Liver

The liver is the second largest organ in the human body, and it is one of the five vital organs—meaning the body cannot survive without it.  Situated below the lower part of the right ribcage, the liver is about 8 ½ inches in diameter, boomerang shaped, with the adult liver weighing about 3 ½ pounds. The liver conducts several hundreds of functions every second; it metabolizes nutrients and substances, helps with food digestion, and cleans the blood.  It also stores many vitamins and minerals and helps to regulate the body’s sexual hormones.  Its biggest function, however, is to clean the blood.

The condition of the liver is often ignored until something is discovered to be wrong with the liver.  The most common “condition” to affect the liver is TOXICITY, as defined in the Taber’s Medical Dictionary as “being poisoned.”

All blood that circulates throughout the body passes through the liver for cleansing.  The liver is one big cleaning organ, among other things.  Whenever there are substances that may be harmful to the body, the liver takes them out of the blood.  The liver then takes these harmful substances and tries to convert them into a substance that is less toxic or acceptable to the body.  If the harmful substance cannot be converted, the liver either puts it into the digestive system for flushing out of the body through stool, or puts it back into the blood stream to be flushed out of the body through urine (most often).  On occasion, the liver stores the substance to keep it from damaging the other vital organs (brain, heart, lungs, and kidneys).  Stored substances either stay in the liver (in fat deposits) or are put into fatty deposits in the body (such as the fat around a person’s waist).

Challenges of the Liver

As the liver cleans all the blood, when a person takes in chemicals that can harm the body, the liver must take them out.  One of the chief offenders to the body is medical drugs.  All medical drugs that are put on the skin, inhaled, injected or swallowed find their way to the liver for processing.  The most common liver pathway that breaks down drugs is P450.

When a toxin enters the pathway, the liver analyzes its composition and determines how much of that toxin the body can keep without it causing damage to some vital organ.  The pathway then releases that amount of the toxin unchanged.  With the balance of the toxin, the pathway tries to reshape it so it’ll be less toxic.  It is then put back into the bloodstream and sent to the kidneys where it is taken out of the blood and put into urine for excretion from the body.

The majority of medical drugs are processed through the P450 pathway prior to entering the bloodstream for use.  Some common exceptions are aspirin, narcotic medication and injected insulin.

What Toxins Does the P450 Pathway Convert?

The P450 pathway has quite the task ahead of it on a daily basis because chemicals and toxins are ingested in food, the air a person breathes, the water a person bathes in, and in the medications and supplements taken.  Consider anything that does not occur naturally (or in its natural form) as something that needs to be broken down.  As the P450 pathway is the most common pathway, nearly every toxin sees that pathway.

Diet: Pick up any processed food jar, can or box and read the label.  How many substances are you able to pronounce?  Nearly every processed food contains substances to increase shelf life, enhance flavor, or make the item quicker for preparation.  Every non-natural substance must be processed by the liver.  It takes a lot of effort for the liver to process a lot of substances, only some of which are allowed into the body.  Remember, some substances that cannot be broken down easily are placed in fat to await a day when the liver doesn’t have so much work; then the substances will be taken out of the fat and returned to the liver for processing (often the liver never gets the chance to process them).

NOTE:  Everything unnatural gets sent to the liver, this includes MSG and non-sugar sweeteners.  Many people have the misconception that MSG (monosodium glutamate), sucralose (Splenda), aspartame (Nutrasweet) and the like are safe to consume and don’t lead weight increase.  However, these three items listed are very difficult for the liver to process, and are most likely to find their way into fat storage, even more-so than some medical drugs.

Air: The air a person breathes contains many toxic chemicals that find their way into the bloodstream through the lungs.  Smog, ozone and chlorine (from showering) are all toxic to the body, especially to the brain; therefore, the P450 pathway computer cannot allow them to float freely in the bloodstream.  If you live in a city and/or take a lot of showers, your liver has a lot of extra work ahead.  If you are a smoker or are exposed to second-hand smoke, your liver will have a lot of work as well.

Water: Water quality has been an issue in many industrialized cities for many years.  Tap water contains many substances toxic to the body, including fluoride, chlorine, ammonia and medical drugs.  All of these substances must be processed by the liver to make them safe for the body or to be flushed from the body.

Medical Drugs: Only aspirin and true narcotic drugs (morphine and those derived from morphine) are not processed right away by the liver (that comes later).  Every other medical drug that enters the bloodstream must be processed by the liver before it can be sent to the body for use.  Sometimes the liver allows a little; sometimes it allows a lot.  For those taking drugs daily, the liver becomes so busy processing these drugs that it doesn’t have time to do its daily tasks, so some of the drugs slip through unprocessed; sometimes the toxins from other sources get put into fat instead of being processed.  Medical drugs are the number one non-natural toxin for the liver to process.

The majority of medical drugs are flushed from the body in its unchanged form; it is estimated that 70 to 90% of medical drugs are not used by the body but are flushed away when the liver cannot alter them.

Natural Supplements: Although natural supplements are “natural,” most supplements contain either synthetic components or substances in greater amounts than exist in nature; therefore, they are often sent to the liver for processing just as if they were medical drugs.  The most common pathway for natural supplements to be processed is P450, the same as medical drugs.  Many people feel that “mega-dosing” or taking a handful of supplements several times each day isn’t harmful to the body because the supplements are natural.  This is FALSE.  Herbal supplements and vitamins and minerals (in excess of what occurs in nature or in an unnatural form) need to be processed by the liver just as if they were medical drugs.  Taking a handful of supplements can harm the liver as much as taking medical drugs.

When the P450 Pathway is faced with processing a drug or a supplement at the same time, the liver usually chooses the one that’s more natural and less toxic.  The toxic substance (usually the drug) gets “flushed” away or stored into fatty tissue to be altered later by the liver.

Alcohol: Most people who consume a vast amount of alcohol watch for signs of liver problems, the most common being cirrhosis (hardening of the liver).  As most alcohol is not in its natural form, this too gets sent to the liver for processing.

What Common Dangers Can Occur to the Liver?

One problem that occurs is drug-drug or supplement-drug interactions.  The P450 pathway is responsible for breaking down, converting, and/or sending for elimination the majority of drugs and natural supplements consumed by a person.  Most interactions occur in the liver when the P450 pathway is busy processing a drug, for example, and another drug or supplement enters.  As natural supplements take precedence over drugs, three things can occur:  1) the drug is rapidly moved out of the pathway, causing a drug spike in the blood; 2) the drug is rapidly moved into storage, thus causing the drug to be less effective; or 3) the liver experiences a “fight” and both substances are kicked out, causing the drug and the supplement to not find its way into the blood stream to be of use.

Liver Toxicity is very common. Toxicity occurs when the liver becomes overloaded with toxins.  These toxins can come from the diet, water, air, drugs, etc.  It can also occur when drugs and supplements interact and the P450 pathway has to kick them out—they usually go into fat cells for storage until the P450 Pathway isn’t busy (so they can be processed)—this very rarely happens.

When the liver is toxic, it cannot process toxins as it used to.  Consider when you are tired—do you not cut corners on projects?  Get fast food instead of taking the time to cut up carrots and cook chicken?  Drink your coffee cold instead of warming it up?

In essence, the liver does the same thing.  When it is toxic, it is tired because it has worked so hard to keep up with the demands placed upon it that it can no longer process everything.  Therefore, it’ll push toxic material into the bloodstream before it is converted; it will put more toxins in the body’s fat storage; it’ll put more toxins into the liver itself (“fatty liver”); and it’ll send some unprocessed toxins to be eliminated, which may cause kidney problems and kidney stones.

If the toxic condition continues, the liver will “harden” and cirrhosis may occur.

Signs of Liver Toxicity

Some of the more common signs of liver toxicity are:  general feeling of illness, flu-like symptoms and body aches, low grade fever, pain on the right side of the chest and/or abdomen, fatigue, lack of interest in food or life, headache, swelling (“edema”), and difficulty digesting foods.  If you suspect you have liver toxicity, please consult your medical practitioner for evaluation and treatment.

(You can visit my website for a Liver Toxicity Questionnaire)

What Can Be Done?

As most people feel they cannot survive without their medical drugs (the biggest offender to the liver), this cannot be addressed; however, if you feel you can decrease your as-needed medications, such as Tylenol ® for pain, then you may want to discuss this with your medical doctor to make sure it’s safe to do so.

If you take medical drugs, DO NOT take natural dietary supplements without first talking to someone qualified and knowledgeable in BOTH medical drugs and natural supplements.  Too many interactions are causing people to seek medical care for liver pain and distresses, problems that could’ve been avoided.  If you are concerned about liver toxicity, stop your natural supplements so long as they were not prescribed by a medical doctor (MD); if they were prescribed by an MD, consult the MD before stopping the supplements.

Watch what you eat.  Try to consume a diet that is more close to nature (meaning less-processed).  MSG and artificial sweeteners are adding to the weight around the waist because the P450 pathway has a very difficult time processing them; if your liver is already struggling because of other toxins, even more of these substances are put into fat (therefore causing an increase in weight).

Use an air cleaner at home and in your car to decrease breathing in the toxins in the air.  Limit exposure to outside air during days of “air quality alerts.”  The air quality of most cities is monitored by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Use a water filter on your tap water and drink non-tap water (or bottled water from a reputable source).  Your liver will thank you.

There are a number of dietary supplements that can assist your liver, but they will not be discussed here because if you are taking a medical drug, it needs to be determined if it is safe to take a dietary supplement.  If you are considering taking a supplement, FIRST talk with someone educated in both medical drugs and natural supplements.  Don’t assume that everyone working at a health food store is knowledgeable.  And don’t assume just because the supplement is said to work on the liver that it is okay to take if you take medical drugs.

Liver toxicity is reversible in most cases once the offending substance is removed.  The liver is the only known organ in the body that has the ability to regenerate itself to full function again so long as 25% of the liver remains.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ronda

Disclaimer:  The information presented by Dr. Ronda is for educational purposes only.  It is important that you not make health decisions or stop any medication without first consulting your personal physician or health care provider.