Archive | December 2017

Most Surprising Cause of High Cholesterol

LDL_58341913_m-2015High cholesterol, is it caused by diet, lack of exercise, your genetics or what? New research, just published in Science Magazine, reveals at least one major reason some people have high cholesterol and other don’t – even if they share the same lifestyle. What’s more, it’s the same angle as causes arthritis, schizophrenia, eating disorders and visceral fat accumulation.

And it’s all somebody else’s fault!

A few years ago, scientists started to construct a complete genetic profile of a female Neanderthal from her bones found in the Vindija Cave in Croatia. Since Neanderthals and homo sapiens mated and had children, they wanted to understand which genetic factors came from the Neanderthals. After all, almost all of us probably have some traces of their genes in our blood. We probably inherited our genes for rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, eating disorders, visceral fat accumulation, and cholesterol from our distant ancestors.

Sounds bad, right?

But one of the genetic variants for cholesterol we inherited from them is actually positive. It’s called rs10490626 and is associated with LDL (or bad) cholesterol, and most of the people who carry it have relatively low levels of this type of cholesterol. Does this really mean you should sit down helplessly and blame your cholesterol on your ancestors? It certainly does not. Whereas genes play some role in the game, the main reason for high cholesterol and most other health issues is caused by our lifestyle.

And most amazingly, the main reason for all plaque buildup in our arteries is caused by one ingredient, you didn’t even know you were consuming.

Since the 1970s, most medical institutions have stood by the view that LDL cholesterol is bad cholesterol because it hangs around in our blood streams and consequently forms plaques in our arteries that damage and block them. As a result, when you go for a cholesterol test, your doctor measures your LDL cholesterol to calculate whether you are at risk of heart disease. If your LDL cholesterol is high, you will be pushed to take dangerous statin drugs.

A new study now suggests that this is wrong, and that lowering LDL cholesterol may be completely useless to avoid heart diseases. To understand how this works, you should understand how cholesterol is carried in your blood stream. Cholesterol travels through your blood stream in protein parcels called lipoproteins. The lipo (fat and cholesterol) is inside, the protein cover is around it. LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein. In the new study, published in JAMA Cardiology, researchers treated groups of people with different substances to lower their LDL.

When their LDL alone was lowered, they showed only a small reduction in heart disease risk. However, when their LDL was lowered in combination with something called apolipoprotein-B (normally called apoB), their heart disease risk plummeted far further. This suggests it is apoB that needs to be lowered, not LDL cholesterol.

So, what is apoB and why is it so important?

ApoB is a protein without which these lipoprotein parcels that carry cholesterol cannot be formed. Wherever you find a well-formed LDL parcel, you will find ApoB around it. When a laboratory measures your LDL, it measures not only the number of LDL parcels that travel through your blood stream, but also information on the size of the LDL parcels to estimate exactly how much cholesterol they are carrying. This means that, when your LDL cholesterol drops, it may be either because the number of LDL parcels drops, or because the size of the parcels drops while their number remains the same.

When a laboratory measures your apoB, on the other hand, it measures only the number of LDL parcels, with the amount of cholesterol they carry being irrelevant. Therefore, this new study shows that to cut your heart disease risk you need to cut the number of LDL parcels in your blood stream, not the amount of cholesterol carried by these LDL parcels. The scientists did not speculate why this was the case, but the fact that each of our body’s cells has only one receptor to receive apoB might explain it. Your body’s cells want to absorb the LDL that is currently travelling through your blood stream so that they can use it. But if you have too many LDL parcels, these parcels have to wait in a traffic jam outside your cell’s limited apoB receptors before they can be absorbed.

This means that LDL parcels have to circulate through your blood stream for long periods before they can be used, increasing the chance that they will become oxidized (go rancid),  and it’s oxidized cholesterol that forms plaque in your arteries, causing stroke and heart attack.

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The Arthritis Strategy

Take a Walk, Cure Arthritis

Arthritis pain can be so bad that a walk to the bathroom can seem like struggling through a bed of nails –if only the nails were being hammered into your knees and back! Your body tells you to “sit down and rest” between every step. But that’s some horrible advice, no matter how well intentioned it may be.

The Real Future of Arthritis
Many doctors predict that technological advances like cutting edge medications and futuristic machines will someday emerge as the “cure” for arthritis. Unfortunately, no amount of money or science is going to take care of this pesky $120 billion dollar arthritis problem out nation struggles with. After all, we already have prevention and a cure. Best of all, it doesn’t require a single dollar, a prescription, or even a doctor’s appointment.

What’s this amazing arthritis treatment that has arthritis scientists jumping up and down in excitement? Walking!

Walk It Off
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health recently looked at a group of people with knee osteoarthritis who weren’t yet in serious pain. Those that did light exercise for just 20 minutes per day completely put the brakes on arthritis.

What if you already have arthritis? Walking can change your life too.

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that a walking program reduced arthritis pain by nearly one third. That blows away the results from arthritis medications that tend to modestly improve pain levels by 10 percent or less.

Walk This Way
Arthritis can make walking an uphill battle. Fortunately, you don’t have to walk to China and back to see a very big difference.

Here’s how to do it:

Start S-L-O-W: The transition from couch potato to power walker is a dramatic one. Your walking program should be like a beat up 67’ Chevy: start slowly, gradually increasing the speed, and go strong after a thorough warm up.

Record, Rinse, Repeat: Just “going for a walk” may work for some, but your enthusiasm will quickly sputter out. Setting goals and benchmarks will keep you on track and make sure you stick to this life-altering change.

Don’t Be Afraid: To breathe, sweat and struggle. As long as you can pass the “talk test” (being able to carry on a conversation while exercising), you’re at the right intensity level.

Expect Miracles…Eventually: There’s no question that daily light exercise turns the tables on arthritis. But it’s going to take more than a few laps around the track to feel a difference. Stick with it and the results will come.

Run, Don’t Walk, To Buy This Incredible Program
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​Cats and Antifreeze – How to Keep Your Cat Safe — Katzenworld

It’s that time of year again when we remind all cat owners about the dangers of antifreeze. Once the temperatures fall, many people use antifreeze as a way of combating ice. It’s used in car radiators and found in many screen washes and de-icers too and even ponds and other water features. Inside antifreeze is…

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Help us make these cat toys reality: Minoumi – Designed Cat Toys Kickstarter campaign — Katzenworld

Hi everyone, As many of you know we don’t often do shoutouts for Kickstarter / Crowdfunding campaigns but every once in awhile we do come across a campaign that deserves to be shared! Minoumi cat toys are one of these rare exceptions. When we came across Clara Scharping’s campaign we just knew that we had…

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Natural Remedies For Uterine Fibroids

Despite a long standing faith in the power of allopathic medication and other conventional forms of treatment, more and more people are now opting for natural forms of remedy. Natural remedies for uterine fibroids are an alternative form of treatment that is both safe and reliable. Uterine fibroids, also known as fibroid tumors, leiomyomas, or myomas, develop within the uterus. Women across the globe face this problem in their reproductive years. The popularity of natural treatments specifically for uterine fibroids has risen in the last few years.

Natural treatments for fibroids tend to be much safer compared to conventional medication as they cause little or no side effects. This is because, unlike conventional medication, natural treatments do not interfere with your body’s internal mechanism. If you are looking for natural remedies for your uterine fibroids, these are some of the options available to you:

. Herbs- Using herbal treatment for your fibroids helps in balancing the hormonal activity and strengthening the liver, thereby reducing estrogen levels in the uterus. Herbs also help in dealing with difficulties like heavy bleeding and excruciating cramps. Herbs like vitex, help in lowering estrogen level, while herbs like dandelion root and milk thistle, help in improving liver function. Other herbs like nettle and yellow dock work towards detoxification of the body and help to regulate the heavy bleeding caused due to fibroids.

. Proper Diet- This is possibly the most fundamental treatment among all the natural remedies for uterine fibroids. A diet rich in saturated fats will cause your liver to be dysfunctional and subsequently increase estrogen levels and cause hormonal imbalances. A recommended diet would be one which is low fat and high fiber. Therefore, foods like oats, millet and brown rice, fish, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and soy are advisable. It is safe to avoid dairy products in general. The key factors to ensure are that firstly, your diet is mainly alkaline-forming so as to balance the acidic content in your body and secondly, the food you eat does not overwork your digestive system.

. Aromatherapy- Aromatherapy uses essential oils to increase circulation in and around the pelvic region. This helps in relaxing the uterine muscles and subsequently reduces abdominal cramps. The essential oils of ginger, rose and marjoram are greatly beneficial for relaxing the body, stimulating circulation and balancing the hormones. These essential oils may also be used in therapies like abdominal compresses.

. Meditation- Stress has become a part and parcel of our daily lives. For women, stress can prove to be a catalyst for uterine fibroids. Stress increases blood pressure and causes hormone levels to be erratic, thus aggravating the growth of uterine fibroids. Meditation can go a long way in relaxing the body and calming the mind. It also helps you to deal better with the complications that fibroids entail. While meditating, it is important to inhale and exhale slowly through your nostrils only.

. Exercise- Exercises like aerobic dancing, brisk walking, cycling and running help to reduce stress and blood pressure. Exercises also help in stimulating a healthy blood circulation and relieving muscle tension. This greatly relieves sufferers from abdominal pain associated with menstruation and fibroids. It is advisable to avoid participating in sports like basketball and tennis as they tend to increase the stress levels and, thus, enhance the growth of fibroids.

When using natural remedies for uterine fibroids, it is advisable to utilize a combination of remedies for a wholesome approach to the problem. Thus complementing a proper diet with meditation and exercise will help in dealing with the condition holistically. Holistic treatments work towards strengthening your body from within and thereby equipping your body with the force it needs to fight diseases in general and fibroids in particular. Natural remedies require some dedication and patience. It is important to remember, however, that persistently following these treatments will help in curing the fibroids permanently and prevent the condition from occurring in future.

This article is based on the book, “Fibroids Miracle” by Amanda Leto. Amanda is an author, researcher, nutritionist and health consultant who dedicated her life to creating the ultimate Fibroids solution guaranteed to permanently reverse the root of uterine fibroids, naturally enhance your fertility and dramatically improve the overall quality of your life,  without the use prescription medication and without any surgical procedures. Learn more by visiting her website:  CLICK HERE!

 

 

The #1 Organ That Causes High Blood Pressure, and nobody talks about it

By Christian Goodman

Anybody diagnosed with high blood pressure will find a volley of ideas and thoughts on what factors and organs are responsible for the spike. But there is one organ that nobody ever talks about, not even mentions, when discussing high blood pressure. This organ secretly narrows your arteries and raises your blood pressure. The good news is, when you shed light on this organ, it’s very easy to tackle it and permanently cure high blood pressure – without medication.

A study conducted by researchers from The School of Medicine at University of Maryland, and Ottawa Heart Institute, found an interesting link between our brains and high blood pressure. In this study, the researchers identified a steroid compound called ouabain, which the brain releases to constrict or dilate the diameter of the arteries throughout the body.

The researchers performed certain experiments on animal models to find this definite link between the release of ouabain in the bloodstream and constriction of arteries. Obviously, if the brain releases more ouabain, which narrows the arteries, blood pressure rises. Just like there is more pressure when drinking milkshake through a narrow straw than a wide straw.

The most interesting part of this finding is that now we can see our brain has almost complete control over our blood pressure. If we have high blood pressure, it’s because our brain has consciously decided to release ouabain to raise our blood pressure.

So why does the brain make that decision?

The answer is any kind of stress. It can be sensory (traffic noise), emotional (divorce), mental (work task), or physical (workout, disease). Most of the time this is a temporary stress and your brain raises your blood pressure to deal with an immediate threat or condition (this is healthy).

But at some point, it becomes chronic. It’s like some neural path gets stuck in this stress circle and can’t get out of it. Obviously, then, the solution for high blood pressure must be to get us out of this circle. Tell the brain to chill out and stop overdosing on ouabain.

This is what I call a Focused Break.

Long before this study came out, I developed 3 easy exercises designed to give your brain and neural system a Focused Break, and therefore permanently lower blood pressure.

Learn more about these Focused Break, blood pressure exercises and try them out for yourself here…

 

Tribute: Goodbye sweet beautiful girl — Katzenworld

Hi everyone, Today we’ve got a sad goodbye story from Mandy and her beloved cat for you. Tissues will be essential! I remember as clear as day the evening our precious little girl showed herself to me in Mauritius. I was cooking dinner and she walked in from the patio and meow’ed hello. I went…

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