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Dental Care Protects More Than Teeth

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on May 24, 2010
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Recent research is indicating that dementia, heart disease and diabetes can be prevented by good oral care. Although pretty well everyone brushes their teeth two times or more a day, researchers are saying that even more attention on oral care would be advisable.

From the Eastman Dental Institute, professor of restorative dentistry, Ian Needleman said, “People think of the mouth as some kind of compartment that’s independent from the rest of the body,” adding “But that doesn’t really make a lot of sense.”

Last month the results of a study conducted at the University of Kentucky that had been going on for 3 years were released. The scientists had the volunteers aged between 75 and 90 to do a simple memory test, involving remembering 10 words that they were told 5 minutes earlier. The people were from similar educational levels and over three years the variation in the results tallied with the extent of tooth loss. Those with less teeth scored lower marks in the first test and their results also declined over the three year study too.

The British Dental Health Foundation, head, Dr Nigel Carter described the University of Kentucky results as “breakthrough scientific research”, and that they “add to a growing list of evidence of the wide-ranging systemic links relating to poor oral health.”

The question that is often asked is how unhealthy teeth or gums affect the health of the rest of the body? Needleman said the answer is “bacteria.” He elaborated, saying, “The problem is dental plaque, the soft, white, sticky deposits that can build up around your teeth.”

Offering an example of how dental condition influences health, Needleman said, “The mouth can increase inflammation throughout the body. It can trigger the release of a large number of chemicals known as mediators, which are the same causes of the inflammation implicated in heart disease.”

Source: Healthy Pages 19/5/10

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How To Naturally Maintain Regular Blood Pressure Levels

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on May 19, 2010
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By Dr. Michael Cutler on 05/19/2010

Up to 95 percent of hypertension cases are known as benign essential hypertension which means there is no known cause. And medical literature will commonly tell you that essential hypertension is considered an incurable disorder that requires lifelong medical management. But that is simply not true. High blood pressure, whatever the root cause, is a sign that your body is getting out of balance.

Staying on blood pressure medications forever is certainly not a good option, and the key to regulating your blood pressure naturally and getting off the medications is through lifestyle changes. Consider these natural ways to help get your blood pressure under control…

* Eliminate foods that are low in nutrient density from your diet including packaged, sugary, greasy and highly preserved foods like fast foods and soda. Replace them with nutrient-rich whole foods such as leafy and coloured vegetables and fruits, with lesser amounts of starchy vegetables such as potatoes, corn and beans.

* More than 50 percent of your diet should be foods in their raw form. Raw whole foods have higher levels of fibre, nutrition, enzymes and antioxidants than cooked foods.

* Change from processed table salt to natural sea salt. Common table salt causes swelling inside your vessels and raises your blood pressure; however, sea salt does not raise your blood pressure because of its healthier chemical composition.

* Take herbal medicines to help regulate your blood pressure. Check with your local health food store for the best brands of hawthorne berry… ginkgo biloba… dandelion leaf tea—a mild diuretic… fresh ginger tea—made by boiling six slices of ginger in 2 cups of water, cooling it and then adding stevia and fish oil and niacin—both of which reduce heart problems.

Source: HealthierTalk.com – 19/05/10

Noni Fruit For Pain Relief

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on May 12, 2010
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Noni, also known as Morinda citrifolia, is a fruit that has been consumed for thousands of years and can be found in various parts of the world, but it is most well known today as the Polynesian superfood from Hawaii and Tahiti. It is capable of growing in difficult terrains including areas where volcanoes have erupted and deposited lava. This superfruit is truly volcanic in its ability to deliver a wide range of healing benefits. Of particular note is its potential for providing relief from pain.

Dr. Ralph Heinicke first began to study the compounds in noni in the 1970`s at the University of Hawaii. There, he discovered a key phytonutrient found in noni called xeronine, which he patented in 1981. He found that this ingredient, as well as proxeronine – which makes up the building blocks of xeronine – played a key role in noni`s ability to assist in the management of pain.

The body already makes some proxeronine, and subsequently, xeronine, but it tends to be in short supply relative to demands for it throughout the body. The primary function of xeronine in the body is to regulate the shape and rigidity of certain proteins and help manage a wide range of physiological responses. Normally, proxeronine is stored in the liver and is periodically released into the bloodstream for absorption by organs as needed. Human tissue cells contain receptor sites for the absorption of xeronine. Regarding pain relief, xeronine converts certain brain receptor proteins into active sites for the absorption of endorphins. Studies have shown an analgesic (pain relief) effect in mice, and in a 1990 study of 10,000 patients testing the efficacy of noni for a wide range of health issues, pain reduction was registered by 88% of the studies` participants.

While noni has only minimal amounts of xeronine, it has enormous quantities of proxeronine, which is the precursor for xeronine that provides the raw materials for its production. Dr. Heinicke also found that noni contains proxeroninase, an enzyme which plays a key role in the synthesis of xeronine and serotonin, a process which is enhanced even further when taken on an empty stomach.

Noni is most commonly consumed as a liquid. Considering that much of noni`s nutrient profile includes what is found in the pulp of the fruit, look for products that include the pulp. It can take a period of time to get acclimated to the taste of noni, as it tends to have a pungent odor and bitter taste, but the benefits are well worth it.

Source: Article by William Rufolf at Natural News 12/05/2010

There are a number of companies producing nutritional products with Noni. Neways International is one such company and they have produced a formula which tastes delicious. To read about the other benefits of this product check out Hawaiian Noni. It is available from Healthy Choices.

Five Reasons You Need More Water

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on May 7, 2010
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Water is the Elixir of Life. It makes up around 80% of your body and is the most important element for your well-being and health, over all others.

There is no “magic amount” that covers everyone. Some need more than others and most need more than they’re getting now. It’s estimated that 75% of us are chronically dehydrated. Even if you don’t drink coffee, fizzy drinks, or other diuretics or water-robbers, you may still be dehydrated.

Here are 5 reasons you need water:

1. Your body needs water to make new cells of every type: blood, bone, skin, etc.

2. When you have enough water, your lymphatic system operates at its peak, removing wastes and toxins from your body at a healthy rate.

3. Water lubricates your joints, helps bring nutrients to your nervous system, and helps keep your vision clearer and your teeth stronger.

4. Water regulates your metabolism and aids digestion and temperature control.

5. Literally every cell, organ, and system in your body requires water to function correctly.

Things to know about your water

Before you start drinking water, however, there are things you should know about it too. If you live in certain areas of the UK (approx. 10%), it’s likely that your water is infused with artificial fluoride. These water sources (including most bottled water you buy in the shops) put artificial fluoride into water supplies, supposedly to promote dental health.

However, there are a lot of reasons that this is not a good idea. Even the US Center for Disease Control’s own study that gave fluoridation of water a glowing report admits that fluoride only helps teeth topically and doesn’t do anyone any good when ingested. In fact, fluoride is listed by the CDC as a poisonous substance. See an article about fluoridation at www.healthychoices.co.uk/fluoridation.html.

Then, even scarier, there are the countless pollutants and trace pharmaceuticals that could also be in your water. Those are definitely not good either.

Getting good, quality drinking water for health and well-being

Luckily, it is possible to clean up your water or access clean water, if your water is not already of good quality. Details about this can be found at Water Filtration.

Whichever way you do it and wherever your choice in water comes from, make sure you drink plenty of it. Water is, after all, the Elixir of Life.

To find out more about the importance of water and its healing properties, you can read about the fascinating work of Dr. Batmanghelidj at www.watercure.com.

Recommended Books:

Fluoride: Drinking Ourselves to Death – Barry Groves

The Fluoride Deception – Christopher Bryson

Your Bodies Many Cries For Water – Dr. Batmanghelidj

Natural Remedy for Arthritis

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on May 5, 2010
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An ancient Assyrian medical book dated 600 BC, reveals that a plant with yellow leaves called Curcuma longa is an effective, all-round ‘medicinal miracle’.

And in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine this plant, which grows in Southern Asia and India, is renowned for its wide range of therapeutic benefits.

Today, most people know this plant as turmeric – a common ingredient that’s used to make curries. The medicinal properties of turmeric are due to a variety of active plant chemicals found in the roots of the plant.

In particular, the natural chemical, curcumin, is believed to possess the most potent medicinal properties. The anti- inflammatory properties of curcumin have been found to be so effective that it is now recognised as a powerful remedy for treating all forms of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, painful joints and gout.

So, you may like to eat more curries or you may prefer to take a broad spectrum antioxidant containing curcumin such as Revenol by Neways International and available from Healthy Choices.

Antibacterial Soap Linked to Altered Hormones and Antibiotic Resistence

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on May 4, 2010
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Are You Disinfecting Your Way to Poor Health?

In an ironic twist, while you’re disinfecting your body and your home to keep your family safe, you may actually be creating far more dangerous problems than those you’re trying to avoid.

For starters, a child raised in an environment doused in disinfectant soaps and cleansers, who is given antibiotics that kill off all of the good and bad bacteria in his gut, and kept away from the natural dirt, germs, viruses and other grime of childhood, is not able to build up natural resistance to disease, and becomes vulnerable to illnesses later in life.

This theory, known as the hygiene hypothesis, is likely one reason why many allergies and immune-system diseases have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled in the last few decades.

But it doesn’t end there.

One of the most common antibacterials is triclosan, a chlorinated phenolic compound. Triclosan has been found to have both estrogenic and androgenic activity and has been linked to hormone disruption in animals.

One 2006 study found that triclosan induces changes in the thyroid hormone-mediated process of metamorphosis of the North American bullfrog, while a 2007 study demonstrated, for the first time, that triclosan decreases circulating concentrations of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4), in rats.

This effect could be a potential health hazard for each individual that chooses to use triclosan products, but the widespread use of triclosan is also contributing to a much bigger problem that affects everyone.

The Health Threat of Antibiotic-Resistant Disease

Triclosan, a potent wide antibacterial and antifungal agent used in a large number of everyday products such as soaps, detergents, toothpaste, deodorants and antiperspirants and other cosmetics, has been used for about 30 years. It can now even be found in clothing and children’s toys.

Many of its defenders use this as a measure of its safety, when in fact there are clear signs that in this time-frame health problems have arisen as a result of its widespread, everyday use.

Sure, people aren’t dropping like flies when using it, so it’s not an immediate threat to your health. But there’s nothing subtle about its effects when viewed from a larger, long-term perspective, which we now have.

Antibiotic-resistant diseases, for example, have sharply increased and now pose a greater threat than modern plagues like HIV/AIDS. The widespread, excessive use of antibacterial products, in addition to the routine use of antibiotics in our food supply, is likely a significant part of the problem.

Even the more conservative American Medical Association (AMA) stated in the year 2000

“Despite their recent proliferation in consumer products, the use of antimicrobial agents such as triclosan has not been studied extensively. No data exist to support their efficacy when used in such products or any need for them, but increasing data now suggest growing acquired resistance to these commonly used antimicrobial agents.

… In light of these findings, there is little evidence to support the use of antimicrobials in consumer products such as topical hand lotions and soaps.”

That was literally TEN YEARS AGO, and nothing has been done to curb its commercial and personal use. If anything, it has proliferated virtually unchecked, and antibiotic-resistant disease has climbed right along with it.

More recently, in 2006, the Emerging Contaminants Workgroup of the Santa Clara Basin Watershed Management Initiative (SCBWMI), issued a white paper on triclosan, where they explain, in layman’s terms, the mechanism by which triclosan may cause resistance:

“Unlike bleach and soap that destroy and dislodge bacteria microbes, triclosan works by interfering with a specific bacterial enzyme. Non-specific antiseptics, such as alcohol, merely break open the cell and, therefore, are not the type of chemical to which bacteria could develop resistance.

On the other hand, triclosan’s mode of action is different from alcohols and peroxide. Triclosan is fat-soluble and easily penetrates the bacterial cell wall. And once inside the cell it attacks an enzyme that is used to produce fatty acids that are vital to cell function.

This mode-of-action could ultimately lead to the development of antibiotic resistance. Through continual use of triclosan, non-bacterial strains would be killed, leaving only the bacteria whose enzyme system has evolved to resist the presence of triclosan.

Some microbiologists fear that the commercial and personal overuse of triclosan could reduce the effectiveness of currently useful antibiotics. For instance, an antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis targets the same enzyme system.”

A fairly recent article published in the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science states that at as of the end of 2009, two types of drug-resistant tuberculosis have been recognized.

So-called “multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis” (MDR TB) is resistant to at least two of the four first-line drugs, and “extensively drug resistant tuberculosis” (XDR TB) is resistant to three, plus at least one of three additional second-line drugs.

Sadly, a vast majority of antibiotic-resistant diseases like these could have been prevented, as they are in large part man-made – the result of fuzzy logic and dollar signs for eyeballs.

The very idea that we must protect ourselves from any and all bacteria at every turn, by eradicating them from every orifice, inch of skin, every utensil and every surface you ever come in contact with, is fundamentally flawed. And we’re now living with the ramifications of this misguided line of thinking, which, by the way, was not driven to these extremes by health scientists, but rather by corporate interests.

Unfortunately, over the years a majority of people have fallen for the flashy advertising promising safety and better health in a germ infested, dangerous world.

Antibacterial Products Actually LESS EFFECTIVE than Plain Soap and Water…

As the AMA stated ten years ago, there was, and still is, little or no evidence that these antibacterial products outperform the good-old-fashioned techniques like washing with soap and water.

What there is, however, is evidence that the old anti-germ strategies are more effective than modern antibacterials!

In a recent press release, Dr. Sarah Janssen of the Natural Resources Defense Council is quoted as saying:

“It’s about time FDA has finally stated its concerns about antibacterial chemicals like triclosan.

The public deserves to know that these so-called antibacterial products are no more effective in preventing infections than regular soap and water and may, in fact, be dangerous to their health in the long run.” [Emphasis mine.]

Source: Dr Mercola’s Newsletter 1/5/10

If you want to keep your family safe, avoid any products containing Triclosan. Neways International produce a wide range of toxin-free toiletires and household products, none of which contain Triclosan. These are available from Healthy Choices.