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Monday, December 22, 2014

The 8 Deadly Scourges that Shorten our Life Span, Part 1

Posted by William on October 21, 2011

Heart disease

Heart disease is caused by inflammatory damage to the arteries that supply the heart. More than half of those who have a heart attack have normal cholesterol levels and there is much more to heart disease than cholesterol alone. The damage to the arteries is caused by oxidation of the bad cholesterol (known as LDL cholesterol), excess levels of the toxic protein homocysteine and free radicals.

These things are produced by high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, cigarette smoking, damaged fats (from hydrogenated oils and deep fried foods) and high insulin levels. These causes can be reduced by appropriate nutritional supplementation and a lower carbohydrate diet which is high in fruits and vegetables. Useful foods to reduce atherosclerosis (hardening and blockage of the arteries) are onions, garlic, red coloured fruits and vegetables, and apple cider vinegar.

Health enemy number 2

Cancer

Despite great advances in the treatment and diagnosis of cancer the incidence of cancer continues to rise. Factors associated with an increased risk of cancer are the depletion in the ozone layer of the earth, increasing environmental toxins, obesity, smoking and nutritional deficiencies of antioxidants. Many cancers can be prevented by an improvement in diet and lifestyle and by supplementation with antioxidants.

Health enemy number 3

Strokes

Strokes are caused by blood clots or haemorrhages in the blood vessels that supply the brain. An article in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that as many as 15% of all strokes could be related to excess levels in the body of the toxic protein homocysteine.

Homocysteine levels are elevated by deficiencies of the nutrients folic acid and vitamins B 12 & B 6. Intakes of these health promoting nutrients can be boosted by a higher intake of green leafy vegetables, and raw juicing is a great way to achieve this.

It is vital to control high blood pressure which is a major cause of strokes. High blood pressure is best controlled by increasing the intake of water, a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, regular exercise and magnesium supplementation. Drugs used to control high blood pressure are very effective and can be used most efficiently along with nutritional medicine.

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