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SEVEN MEDICAL TESTS THAT COULD SAVE YOUR HEART

A stress test is often recommended to determine a person’s risk for heart disease. This test is completed by running on a treadmill while being monitored with an EKG machine. The results of this test are used to help diagnose coronary artery disease, but if you’re a woman, it’s not that simple.

For about 35 percent of women who undergo the standard stress test, your results could be wrong or yield a false positive. This can occur as a result of women’s hormones fluctuating. In men, this isn’t the case, so men are less likely to be misdiagnosed than women.

Unfortunately, until now, the stress test was the only way doctors could determine whether someone had coronary artery disease. The good news is that advancements have now provided doctors with other more effective tests to help diagnose coronary artery disease. These tests include imaging and blood tests that provide doctors with more information to provide a proper diagnosis.

Tests That Can Help Save Your Heart

Cardiac calcium scoring: A CT scanner checks for atherosclerotic plaque in the heart’s arteries. This plaque is made up of calcium, cholesterol, and scar tissue. You are hooked up to an EKG and slid into a tunnel device where you are asked to hold your breath for 10 to 20 seconds at a time. This test can help your doctor determine your future heart attack risk, as calcified plaque is an early indicator of a heart attack and can show up at least 10 years prior to a heart attack or stroke. A score of over 200 indicates that changes need to be made to reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Carotid intimal medial thickness test: This is an ultrasound that looks at the carotid arteries that supply blood to the brain. Abnormal thickness of the carotid lining could indicate possible blood flow blockages that can contribute to a future stroke. You test will provide you with two numbers: thickness of the carotid lining and your arterial age. An arterial age of over eight indicates a higher risk of stroke, so treatment and preventative measures need to take place.

High-sensitivity C-reactive protein test: Damage to the arteries caused by cholesterol plaque leads to inflammation that raises c-reactive protein levels (CRP) in the blood. A high level of CRP can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke nearly four times. High CRP levels are even more dangerous if you have a waist circumference greater than 33 inches. A test score between 1.0 and 3.0 mg/l reveals a moderate risk for a heart attack and above 3.0 mg/l indicates a high risk. It’s important that this test is done on three separate occasions for the best results to determine risk.

Advanced lipid profile and lipoprotein test: This cholesterol test measures all types of cholesterol and fat in the blood. The advanced test even looks at the particle size, which is important because small, dense particles could form plaque clumps along the arteries. The greater amount of these particles you have, the higher your risk of a stroke or heart attack. Ideally, you don’t want more than 15 percent of your particles to be small and dense.

A1C glucose test: This test measures average blood sugar levels over the last three months and does not require fasting or drinking a beverage. This test can detect a future risk of diabetes, which is linked to heart problems. Results over 6.5 indicate diabetes. Anything below that shows pre-diabetes, which is when you should take the necessary steps to reduce your risk of developing full-on diabetes.

Genetic tests: Lab tests can check for mutated genes of KIF6 and APOE. Mutations in these genes have been linked to heart disease. Although you can’t control your genes, it’s still important to know your risk because there are other lifestyle factors you can change to help reduce your risk and keep your heart healthy.

Stress echocardiography: This is an improved version of the standard stress test because it uses an ultrasound before and after exercise to evaluate blood flow from the heart. It can also check for any potential blockages. Adding in an ultrasound to the standard test increases efficiency 85 percent among women.

Speak to your doctor about undergoing any of these tests to ensure your heart is at its healthiest. They recommend one or a combination of tests to provide you with the most reliable diagnosis along with prevention and treatment methods (not so sure about doctors knowing nutritional ways to preventing heart disease). So please know your results and find a nutritionally minded practitioner who will educate you to prevent heart disease.

Better yet, is doing preventative lifestyle nutritional programs so as to avoid a diagnosis of heart disease. To pay attention to your root causes of your inflammation by increasing your energy levels with stress reducing ways of assisting YOUR body to LIVING your best life!!

STROKE AND HEART ATTACK: ARE THEY INEVITABLE?

My mother over the years, and before her death last year from Alzheimer’s, had been diagnosed with atherosclerosis in her forties, heart attack at 58, both carotid arteries scraped before her Alzheimer’s diagnosis and left leg femoral artery blood clots removed. There were many opportunities for the blood-brain barrier to be opened to many injuries with these events and surgeries.

Stroke is a general term used to describe any brain injury caused when blood supply to the brain is interrupted, resulting in tissue loss and temporary or permanent impairment of function. Ninety percent of all strokes are ischemic (dry). An ischemic stroke results when blood flow to the arteries that feed the brain is interrupted. This type of stroke may be caused by a clot that arises within the arteries of the brain itself (thrombus), or a blood clot, plaque, or other blood-borne material that travels from another part of the body into the brain (embolus). Thrombosis is generally attributed to atherosclerosis, while embolisms are linked to heart disease and arrhythmia.

The effect of any kind of stroke depends on what part of the brain is affected, how large a volume of brain tissue is involved, and the overall health of the brain at the time of the stroke. Not all strokes are clinically evident. My mother had them, but not clinically diagnosed. A person may suffer many silent strokes before neurological problems occur. So with my mother’s combination  of white matter from her developing Alzheimer’s, she may have had many silent strokes before and after both of her surgeries of over 80 percent blocked carotid arteries due to atherosclerosis.

With most strokes there are warning signs, especially when larger arteries are involved. Initial symptoms may include brief spells of being unable to speak, or being unable to understand what someone says to you. My mother had this years before with being unable to hear us and to understand what we were saying. She even had numbness in her lower extremities.

Several factors, especially in men, tend to ignore several factors, including allowing oneself to become dehydrated and can precipitate the final stroke event. When we don’t drink enough purified water, our blood becomes more viscous, increasing the likelihood that a clot will suddenly form at the site of a plaque formation. Another cause of sudden clotting of the blood in these partially occluded vessels is eating a fatty meal. When fat floods the blood stream following such a meal, a hormone called thromboxane is released, which causes the arteries to constrict and clot more easily. This is why both heart attacks and strokes frequently follow a big meal. When you combine viscous blood with a fatty meal, your risk increases. Some have proposed taking a single aspirin (never truly researched pattern) in these events. This may possibly stave off a stroke in many cases, but if a stroke occurs anyway, taking aspirin may convert a simple stroke into a catastrophic cerebral hemorrhage, where there is bleeding deep in the brain.

Please remember that the same process that produces hardening of the arteries in other areas of the body is also responsible for atherosclerosis of the arteries feeding the brain.  When a person gets brain swelling caused by the stroke or pre-existing hypertension, many of these patients are given powerful diuretics. To combat swelling, neurosurgeons and neurologists will resort to the use of steroids. Both diuretics and steroids lower brain levels of magnesium. This increases the likelihood of blood vessel spasm (vasospasm) and damage to the brain by glutamate and aspartate. Magnesium plays a vital role in protecting the brain from glutamate toxicity.

In neurosurgical scientific literature, antioxidants reduce blood-vessel spasm following hemorrhage. One of the most useful antioxidants, alpha-lipoic acid, was quite successful in preventing spasms of blood vessel, and reducing brain swelling. Several drugs have been developed to combat vasospasm. They are all very expensive and work no better than magnesium, which is very inexpensive and has few complications. Magnesium protects the brain because it blocks calcium from entry into endothelial cells. Magnesium blocks the glutamate receptor, which is one of the mechanisms used to control calcium entry into cells.

Abnormally functioning mitochondria also play a role in vasospasm, since mitochondria play such an important role in calcium control once it enters the cell. Acetyl-L-carnitine, alpha-lipoic acid, and other mitochondrial nutritional factors also enhance calcium control, and hence reduce vasospasm. These microstrokes can also be prevented or their severity reduced by nutritional factors.

So there are many other nutritional ways to preventing heart disease, strokes, and other health disorders, etc. Each of us have control of our health and disease even with a familial genetic pre-disposition.  If I can assist you in preventing future pain, foggy brain and development of future disease, please fill in the contact form below.

 

DETOXIFYING THE ENTIRE BODY

Within the last month, I have completed an intense detoxification of my body, specifically the parasite cleansing maintenance, candida (3 times so far in the last nine months), colon, kidney, and the gallbladder/liver cleanses.  Yes, it can be a bit time-consuming and, it was easy at the same time, since I have educated myself in all these areas of the body.  It is easier to do these cleanses with experienced individuals who keep you motivated and supported through the cleanses. Yes, your body has its natural mechanisms to regenerate through detoxification mechanisms, but our bodies did not evolve with all the contaminants that are so common in food and medicine and water, and in the environment, even in skin care products that you put on your body. The one thing I know is that I had a stubborn body set point weight that just would not go away. I lost the six pounds in three weeks. It wasn't the weight as much as getting rid of the toxic burden in the fat tissues. When I completed this cleansing/flushing of these toxins, I felt more energy and more clarity in thought. Afterwards, I also did colon hydrotherapy sessions too to clean out the remnants of the microscopic toxins.

Repairing the microbiota makes sense that up to 90 percent of all disease can be traced back to the gut and health of the microbiome. Did you know that there are up to 100 trillion microbial cells in each and every one of us, primarily in our gut? That means that there are ten times as many outside organisms as there are human cells in our body. In other words, we are really only about ten percent human.

With that being said, I am sure you have heard of GMOs, genetically modified organisms. Now one of the main problems with GMOs is the herbicide glyphosate, which is used in the growing of many GMO crops that have been engineered to resist glyphosate. Most conventional foods (non-organic) are GMO laden, specifically wheat, corn and soy. You might know glyphosate by another name, Roundup. There are many GMO crops that are considered Roundup ready. In other words, you can douse them with massive amounts of glyphosate and it won't kill them, but it will obliterate all the weeds around them.

However, is your body Roundup ready? Is your blood Roundup ready? Is your gut Roundup ready? The answer to these questions is NO. Glyphosate has been shown to negatively impact the gut because it alters the balance of the bacteria in the microbiome, setting the stage for leaky gut and autoimmune disease. That's not all. According to Dr Mercola, in 2015, the WHO classified it as a Class 2A Carcinogen. It's important to remember that glyphosate bonds to pretty much everything and it has to be released enzymatically from the host molecules that it's attached to. Even my neighbor seems to think if it's not proven, that he will continue on using it on his property to spray on weed growth. He did not even protect himself while he used it. He wore the shirt and pants all day and just imagine how it absorbed into his body. He already has health problems too. He just shut down my conversation before I could tell him that what he sprays from above our property and the rains come, that they will get into the land and down into the water supply to our well (water is a solvent) and then the four families who use the well may get some intoxication with it. Also, for the well water I use in my organic garden, may be infiltrated with the glyphosate and any other chemical he may use on his property. He doesn't use our well since he has county water which has its own problems. I analyzed our well water at the National Testing Laboratories, Ltd. However, it doesn't test for glyphosate.

The key elements here is to avoid as much contamination as you can and to rely on your body's natural detoxification processes that are built into your DNA. Its built into your biology to expel toxins. What I would like to reinforce is that we have the most powerful healing mechanism right inside our bodies. The great failings of our medical system are that we're taught to look outside of our body. It convinces people to think that they're trapped in an outcome that they can't control. They then have to rely on somebody else to heal them instead of taking that power in themselves and focusing on what they can do to heal themselves naturally.

If you believe in the laws of cause and effect, then you will believe that every disease had an underlying cause. There is no such thing as spontaneous sickness. My autoimmune disorder did not just happen in one day or within months. It can take five to 30 years to develop. There's no such thing as spontaneous sickness. The cause is what's circulating in your blood and nourishing or poisoning your organs. How did you get pancreatic cancer? Your pancreas was bathed in blood that was full of toxins.

It's about avoiding exposure to the toxins, and that means making informed choices about what you drink, what you eat, what you put on your skin, where you live and the air around you. The acute toxification of your body when you combine environmental exposure with suppressed biological vitality. In other words, a healthy body will expel toxins more rapidly. A compromised body, which is where most people are these days like America, is unable to rally the chemical processes that eliminate toxins. I know that in my work environment that I inhale leaded aviation fuel, absorb fire-retardant from the seats I sit on, and the five times the radiation (solar rays) than people on the earth, to name a few. So I am helping my body with its toxic burden by detoxification methods and supplementation and BEMER frequency therapy to accelerate my blood flow to assist the toxins to exit my body faster through the liver and kidneys.

By the way, my plaque psoriasis is virtually gone and my leaky gut is healed. I administer the daily vitamin and mineral supplementation in my appropriate and synergistic dosages, chelating heavy metal toxins (lead, aluminum and mercury), and avoiding GMOs from my diet. Also, when I order my own testing kits, I then I update the dosages of minerals with urine, blood, stool and hair analysis. With my blood chemistry program, I fill in the numbers and give nutritional recommendations from these results. So if you'd like to improve your health and need a bit more information that is not included in this blog, please fill out the contact form below for a consultation.

Dr Ritamarie’s Sweet Spot Solution video 3

If you have some time now to view these videos,  later down the line you’ll be better off in life if you can feed your bodies what they need now and live a better quality of life. Link is below…

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NATURAL DETOXIFICATION STARTS WITH YOU

For many years, before I started my holistic practitioner training over six years ago, I thought our major organs (liver/gallbladder, colon, and kidneys) cleaned themselves out. However, with our physical environment we live in and the choice of foods we choose, we become clogged up, especially in the liver and colon. There are over 500 functions the liver does everyday, 24 hours a day, where all the blood is cleaned before it is circulated to all of our other organs. If you are not having at least one bowel movement for each meal you eat, every day, there may be a problem and your body is storing these toxins in your colon. And the longer it is in your colon, it will reabsorb the toxins back into your blood supply.

First, and most important, remove as many toxins from your immediate environment as possible. This means no further pesticide treatments (including bug bombs and contracted pesticide services) inside your house, no bug sprays used indoors on plants, and using only safe, natural insecticides outdoors. Very important!

As for foods, you avoid canned, packaged and other forms of processed foods. Prepare as many of your meals as possible from fresh ingredients. Resort to canning and other forms of safe food storage. When you buy vegetables and fruits, buy organic. Even better is to grow your own or buy them from a farmer’s market. Be sure to ask about the use of pesticides and herbicides.

For non-vegetarians, buy meat locally from people you know. If that is not possible, buy minimally processed meats, and avoid the meat of animals that were injected with antibiotics and hormones or that were fed animal feces. Meat from wild game is probably the safest to eat. It is low in fat, and because game animals graze on grasses, berries, and other healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Some smaller farms still graze their cattle.

We have known for a long time that people with powerful detoxification systems can tolerate exposures to many toxins that make people with weak detoxification systems very sick. For example, mercury poisoning (think dental amalgams) can be very bad in our system. However, if you have higher selenium and zinc levels you are far less likely to suffer toxicity.

Detoxification systems exist in most cells, but the body’s major detoxification apparatus is the liver. It consists of two parts. The first part, called the phase I system or MFO (mixed function oxidases), utilizes a p-450 enzyme system to alter normally lipid-soluble toxins to a water-soluble form that can be easily excreted in the urine. The kidney is the major organ for the urine and needs to be clear to be able to releasing the toxins from the liver. The phase II system uses various molecules, primarily glutathione, to bind these altered toxins so they can be safely excreted.

This cleansing system depends on a good supply of detoxification chemicals, such as sulfur, glutathione, taurine, and selenium to successfully accomplish its task. Several plant flavonoids and vitamins have also been shown to possess an ability to stimulate both phase I and II detoxification. This is especially true for the carotenoids, indole-3-carbinol (from broccoli), and curcumin.

Besides the above mentioned supplements that aid in the phase I and II liver detoxification, certain vitamin deficiencies are particularly common with chemical toxicities. For example, vitamin B6 deficiency has been observed in 60 percent of all chemically sensitive individuals. When B6 is low, taurine is deficient too. Taurine plays a major role in detoxification and deficiencies result in extreme sensitivities to chlorine, hypochlorite (bleach), aldehydes, alcohols, solvents, and ammonia. It is preferable to take pyridoxal 5-phosphate than pyroxidine, since the former is the active coenzyme form. Those with chronic disease or extreme toxicities cannot metabolically convert pyridoxine to its active form.

Riboflavin (vitamin B2) also plays a major role in detoxification, as it is a component in the phase I detoxification process. Riboflavin is especially important in detoxifying Azo dyes, which are known to produce cancer.

Magnesium (magnesium’s job has over 300 functions in the body) deficiency is very common with heavy metal toxicity and toxic chemical exposure. Both of these toxicities cause increased excretion of magnesium in the urine. Magnesium deficiency impairs the phase I detoxification process and has been shown to decrease hydroxylation of aniline and demethylation of aminopyrine, both carcinogenic compounds. Magnesium supplementation reverses this effect.

During my 26 day intense detoxification, I have already lost four pounds in five days (my stubborn body wants to hold on to that 5-10 pounds) and I haven’t even started the kidney or liver part of the cleanse yet! What I am doing is a more intense concentrated cleanse that will release some excess bile/stones from my gallbladder/liver and scrub the kidney skin of “salts.”

Each and everyday there are things we can do to preventing our body from being overburdened. It is important to pay attention to your environment and up to you to start today.

If you need any additional assistance, please contact me on the form below:

TOXIC STRESSES MAY BECOME A JOYFUL LIGHTNESS OF BEING

As we are living through some troubled times with the predatory behaviors of powerful people, especially the men, I am pausing to reflect on what made them do it. With some of them, we can go back  to childhood and look at how, why and when this behavior became the norm for them. And, then on the other side of the coin, that there are others who have been abused and cannot remember abuses that happened to them.   I am painfully aware of my circumstances of childhood abuses and I continue to recover on the cellular level to go deeper into my tissues of those body memories to heal my wounded self.

It has taken me years to get to this point to acknowledge that I kept things quiet because that was how it was back then with the silence code. Other adults who did not believe some of the shocking stories that I had said happened and the same adults in my life were saying it was your fault it happened and believing them for so many years even when they weren’t saying it out loud. This abuse, when hidden inside of us,  is the biggest reason why there maybe so many mental disorders (with no genetic links thus far), diagnoses of the spectrum of autoimmunity, heart disease and genetic disorders, etc. I can blame my autoimmunity on so many things, but this emotional and physical cross I endured for years until my body decided to express it in the form of psoriasis (autoimmunity develops years before the evidence shows up in diagnoses). You see, the body’s burden will show up in the weakest link of your body, whether it is in the brain or the body.

When I received my diagnosis, I asked the doctor what was the cause of my psoriasis. He said he did not know. At that time, I was irate that all the doctors I saw did not know the cause of my disorder. Now I know some of the why, because it can be that the body could not handle the burden of toxic stress in all areas of my life. I thank the doctors now for not making up any possible reasons for my diagnosis. It helped me to become curious to keep searching for answers within myself.

There is always more to the story of why our body’s become burdened. If we listen to the body whispering and finding out where the energy is blocked, please look inward for the answers. If you’re unable or need more assistance, please contact me, or someone you trust, to explore some aspects of your life that may be holding you back. You will see that  life may get a bit easier and to accept what is present in our lives without the past traumas getting in the way.  Personal responsibility, even if we grew up in a toxic household environment, may possibly be a hard task in the beginning, but it only takes you and time to begin to heal.  Let’s continue the dialogue….

 

DO PRE WASHED GREENS LOSE VITAMINS?

  • DO PRE WASHED GREENS LOSE VITAMINS?

Are we sacrificing nutrition for convenience when we buy prewashed salad greens?
They’ve become wildly popular in recent years. It’s so easy to open the bag and have greens ready to be tossed into a salad. No more washing. No more drying with paper towels or using “salad spinners.”

They’ve turned healthy food into convenience food.

But it does come with a downside. Studies have found that prewashing and chopping of commercially packaged greens accelerates nutrient loss. The vitamins that are stripped out the fastest are water-soluble ones. They include vitamins B and C, and carotenoids.

The washing causes immediate vitamin C loss. The mechanical chopping of the leaves increases this loss.

Folate (vitamin B9): Ohio State researchers found that washed spinach retained only 53% of its folate (vitamin B9) after eight days.

A recent Norwegian study shows that chopped, washed lettuce loses up to 40% of its folate within just four hours.

Vitamin C: Researchers at the University of Edinburgh revealed that by the time you eat prewashed lettuce, 59% of its vitamin C is lost.

The same study, published in the journal Food Chemistry, found that mature spinach lost 80% of its vitamin C. Baby spinach lost up to 45%.

Carotenoids: The Ohio State study found that prewashed spinach retained only 54% of its carotenoids after eight days.

The University of Edinburgh study found that chopping greens also increased the content of an anti-nutrient called oxalate (oxalic acid). It binds to minerals in the gut and can stop the body from absorbing them. This makes the greens less nutritious.

Prewashed greens are still super-healthy, even with the vitamin loss caused by washing and chopping.

But if you want maximum nutrition go for whole—not chopped—greens. And buy greens that are not prewashed.

If you don’t want to give up the convenience of prewashed, be sure to check the sell-by date on the bag. The fresher the better.

And whether you prewashed or not, go for organic greens. They are higher in nutrition than conventionally grown varieties. And more important, they contain no harmful pesticide residues

One more thing… Farmers markets are a great place to get fresh, organic greens. If possible, buy them the day you are going to eat them.

When I buy from the Supermarket, I try to make sure the veggies are not in plastic either. Try to bag it in paper or bringing your BPA free bags to the store.

THE LATEST ON ALCOHOL USE AND WHETHER IT IS GOOD FOR YOU OR NOT

Paracelsus, in the 1500s, was a philosopher, botanist and scientist. He was the first physician to notice that some diseases have psychological causes. He’s most famous for being the first physician to wonder about the effects of toxins on the body. In that regard, he’s credited as the founder of toxicology. His insight that there’s no such thing as a toxic substance, just toxic doses.

His discovery that any substance in a low enough dose has beneficial effects on the body. Any substance in a high enough dose was toxic to the body. Examples of this can be any substance such as vitamins, heavy metals, pesticides, cyanide, viruses, bacteria, water, whatever. It perplexes many doctors, scientists, and lay people who still view certain substances as inherently toxic while other substances as inherently safe. Paracelsus showed that it’s not the substance of a thing that makes it toxic, it’s the dose. That’s why I want to talk about a legal drug called alcohol.

I drink alcohol. Sometimes I lose count of my allotment when I’m at social functions. I pay for it the next day. However, I know why, and, it is the dosage. I also take precautions before and after to get the alcohol out of my body because it depleted my mineral status. A review article entitled, “Alcohol and endothelial function: a brief review,” points out how important dosage is to the effects of alcohol on the body. The authors state that, “Regular light to moderate alcohol intake appears to confer protection against both coronary artery disease and ischemic stroke. In contrast, heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of coronary artery disease and the risk of both hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke.”

It looks like the main reason drinking alcohol is healthy is because in the right dose it stimulates nitric oxide formation. Our bodies make nitric oxide from the amino acid arginine in the presence of oxygen and an enzyme called nitric oxide synthase (NOS). Nitric oxide is the primary determinant of how well our circulation works. It increases circulation by opening up (vasodilating) our arteries and small blood vessels. Without enough nitric oxide, the vessels tighten up, and blood flow decreases. Alcohol increases nitric oxide production. There are other foods and supplements that can do this too, but that is another subject.

Alcohol does it by increasing the activity of NOS, the enzyme that forms nitric oxide. It can do it effectively. In the body, nitric oxide is converted to nitrite and nitrate. These substances are good indicators of how much nitric oxide your body is producing. The higher the levels of either nitrite or nitrate, the higher the levels of nitric oxide. One study looked at the effect of three ounces of alcohol spirits in a group of men and women and found that the alcohol doubled their nitrite and nitrate levels over the next 12 hours.

However, this is important to say that DOSE is important. The authors discovered that higher doses have the opposite effect. According to the authors, “It is clear that acute low doses of alcohol increase both the release of nitric oxide and NOS expression, and augment endothelium-mediated vasodilatation (opening blood vessels), whereas higher doses impair endothelial functions (close blood vessels).” High doses are not the only problem. The article goes on to show that not only do high doses not improve nitric oxide production, they actually decrease production. Other clinical studies on the biological effects of alcohol entitled,”Risk of Dementia and alcohol and wine consumption: a review of recent results,” is another study that you may want to read below if you want to learn more about this area and alcohol use.

This study looked at a large population of men and women in Bordeaux, France. The researchers found that people drinking from three to four standard glasses of wine per day were at a 81 percent less likely to get dementia of any type than non-drinkers. And they were 72 percent less likely to get Alzheimer’s. These reductions took into account age, sex, education, occupation, baseline cognitive performances and other possible factors that could have affected the results. It was clear from this study that drinking alcohol had a markedly positive effect when it came to dementia across the board.

Another, called the Rotterdam study, had  much lower amounts of alcohol and had the same protective effect. Drinking one to three drinks per day led to a 42 percent reduction in all forms of dementia, and a 71 percent decrease in vascular dementia. Vascular dementia, (which my mother did not drink alcohol most of her life and had been diagnosed initially, and then Alzheimer’s disease), is caused by decreased circulation to the brain, and is associated with decreased levels of nitric oxide. The authors of the Rotterdam study also noticed that the positive effects of moderate alcohol intake was not affected by different forms of alcohol.  Wine, spirits, beer all had the same effects. In the right alcohol doses, it prevents dementia of all kinds.

With ischemic strokes, the most common causes of serious functional impairment in the U.S. and other developed countries, where the blood supply to the brain is suddenly cut off. Eighty percent of all strokes are ischemic strokes. Several studies of the risk of ischemic strokes and alcohol have shown that heavy drinking increases the risk. However, according to the authors of this study, “Regular light to moderate drinking seemed to be associated with a decreased risk for ischemic stroke.” Protects against strokes and against dementia.

In a huge study published in 2000, the authors wanted to see the connection between alcohol consumption and the risk of coronary artery disease. In this case, the authors looked at all of the population studies that were published from 1966 to 1998 regarding alcohol and coronary artery disease. They found 196 studies, but settled on 28 high quality studies. They found that men and women drinking up to 20 grams (about 3/4 a glass of wine, 3/4 of an ounce of spirits and 3/4 can of beer) a day of alcohol there was a 20 percent decrease in risk for coronary artery disease. When they looked at larger amounts of up to 72 grams per day, the protection from alcohol decreased to only four percent (72 ounces is about 2 1/2 ounces of spirits, 2 1/2 glasses of wine or 2 1/2 cans of beer).

The research is pretty clear that drinking alcohol has a healthy effect on the body. However, overdoing it is detrimental to our bodies. In general, it seems like the best effects happen when drinking one to two glasses of wine or two cans of beer or two ounces of liquor per day. That seems to be the optimal dosage range needed to get enough of an increase in nitric oxide production to have strong clinical effects. If you do insist to drink, and within this range, you may need to support your body, especially the liver, to metabolize the alcohol (acetaldehyde) and a regular exercise program to get rid of the excess sugar (glucose) alcohols in your blood.

References:

Corrao G, Rubbiati L, et al. Alcohol and coronary heart disease: a meta-analysis. Addiction. 2000 Oct; 95(10): 1505-23.

Curr Clin Pharmacol. 2007 May; 2(2): 145-53.

Deng XS, Deitrich R.A. Ethanol metabolism and effects: nitric oxide and its interaction.

Letenneur L. Risk of dementia and alcohol and wine consumption: a review of recent results. Biol Res. 2004; 37(2): 189-93.

Puddley IB, Zilkens RR et al. Alcohol and endothelial function: a brief review. Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2001 Dec; 28(12): 1020-4.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO MY WELL INFORMED HEALTH ADVOCATES

Collaboration with each other will make changes in your life! This past year I have had the loss of my mother to the dreadful Alzheimer’s disease.  I am so grateful for you that you’re staying informed and I want you to be well-informed!

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season. Thank you for your continued support so we can make a difference in all of our family’s lives and beyond.

 

MARIJUANA TRIPLES BLOOD PRESSURE RISK

People who smoke marijuana have three times greater risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have never used the drug. And the risk grows with every year of use. Now I did say smoking the marijuana. The findings from a study of close to 1,200 people, could have implications in the U.S., as several states have legalized marijuana and others are moving toward it. It is also decriminalized in a number of other countries. I do know, from a different viewpoint too, that it changes the microflora in the gut which can lead to other digestive issues also, like leaky gut.

“It is important to establish whether any health benefits outweigh the potential health, social and economic risks,” said Barbara Yankey, who led the research at the school of public health at Georgia State University in the United States. “If marijuana use is implicated in cardiovascular diseases and deaths, then it rests on the health community and policy makers to protect the public.”

I know I cannot use marijuana because of my current position and responsibility for people’s’ safety. However, I want you to consider the continued research is being done in this area with recreational use of the drug. Just because it is “natural” does not mean to over using the marijuana. There are benefits of THC for those who cannot get relief with terminal health issues. However, please investigate other methods to get the best nutritional ways to better health.

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