Faith itself is a horrible mechanism that stunts the growth of ideas. It also stunts the act of questioning, and it does this by pushing the idea that you have to have faith and that nothing has to be proven. ~ Joe Rogan ~
I remember vividly when the doctor announce to my dad he have cancer, seems the whole world is in slow motion. It takes some time for me to process the magnitude of that situation; it’s like you know what it is but you not able to define it. My brain is scrambling for answer and makes rational understanding the word cancer. From that on, I spend more time to dissect and understood this crippling disease, and hoping shed light by sharing what I conjure up online via websites and forums.
All cancers begin in cells, the body’s basic unit of life. To understand cancer, it’s helpful to know what happens when normal cells become cancer cells. The body is made up of many types of cells. These cells grow and divide in a controlled way to produce more cells as they are needed to keep the body healthy. When cells become old or damaged, they die and are replaced with new cells. However, sometimes this orderly process goes wrong. The genetic material (DNA) of a cell can become damaged or changed, producing mutations that affect normal cell growth and division. When this happens, cells do not die when they should and new cells form when the body does not need them. The extra cells may form a mass of tissue called a tumor. By researching stem cells scientists have suggested that too much SP2 protein may turn stem cells into cancer cells. Other issues thought to play a role in the spread of cancer include viruses, immune system issues, genetics, environment and age.
A common genetic variant that affects one in three people appears to significantly increase the risk of cancer from the consumption of processed meat, according to a new study. The study of over 18,000 people from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe represents the first large-scale genome-wide analysis of genetic variants and dietary patterns that may help explain more of the risk factors for cancer. Explained by eating processed meat is associated with an increased risk of cancer and for about a third of the general population who carry this genetic variant, the risk of eating processed meat is even higher compared to those who do not. This variant is located on the same chromosome 10 region that includes GATA3, a transcription factor gene previously linked to several forms of cancer. The transcription factor encoded by this gene plays a role in the immune system, understand whether some individuals are at higher or lower risk based on their dietary profile. Maybe in the future lead to targeted prevention strategies through diet.
Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42 percent compared to eating less than one portion, reports a new study. This is the first study to link fruit and vegetable consumption with all-cause, cancer and heart disease deaths in a nationally-representative population, the first to quantify health benefits per-portion, and the first to identify the types of fruit and vegetable with the most benefit.
Researchers used the Health Survey for England to study the eating habits of 65,226 people representative of the English population between 2001 and 2013, and found that the more fruit and vegetables they ate, the less likely they were to die at any age. Eating seven or more portions reduces the specific risks of death by cancer and heart disease by 25% and 31% respectively. The research also showed that vegetables have significantly higher health benefits than fruit. The study found that fresh vegetables had the strongest protective effect, with each daily portion reducing overall risk of death by 16%. Salad contributed to a 13% risk reduction per portion, and each portion of fresh fruit was associated with a smaller but still significant 4% reduction.
The clear message here is that the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the less likely you are to die at any age. Vegetables have a larger effect than fruit, but fruit still makes a real difference. If you’re happy to snack on carrots or other vegetables, then that is a great choice but if you fancy something sweeter, a banana or any fruit will also do you good. The risk of developing many types of cancer can be reduced by practicing healthy lifestyle habits, such as eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and not smoking. Also, the sooner a cancer is found and treatment begins, the better the chances are that the treatment will be successful.
“Nothing will bind the eyes of man quicker than the touch of compromise. A principle not compromised is a principle worth dying for. A dream not compromised is a dream worth living for.”
― Ogwo David Emenike
We all have areas in our lives that need improvement, sounds like a huge undertaking in some part. It all starts with making goals and taking that first step, sometimes even that sounds daunting and we need a little bit of inspiration before we can take any steps. The thing is, our minds don’t work the way we often think they do. Therefore, we seek the comfort of encouragement. But often we don’t recognize the value of self-determination, the majority of us, are in the assumption of general theory of motivation and what it’s merit will bring to the table. They argue that we have a fundamental need that is basic to human motivation to engage in actions with a full sense of choice and conviction.
According to some people, visualizing your end goal is pretty much all you need to do in order to achieve it. In fact, this is an excellent way to ensure that you never achieve your goal, no matter how many seminars you attend or products you buy in an attempt to find out why you haven’t “made it” yet. That if, we don’t allow that irrational fear that we will not succeed. Of course, fear of failure is often discussed as a reason for procrastination. And another reasons is not taking action that we’re spending our action-taking time convincing our mind that we are already have what we want. the alternative is to focus in the process of reaching goal, rather than the outcome, increase the likelihood that we’re achieve it.
Although we might all have some fear about the future and alter our function to engage in the tasks ahead of us, it may result on not giving 100% effort through the goal we setup to achieve, that’s the point at which we run out of willpower, because like energy or strength, it’s a finite resource. At the very least, find ways to reduce your resistance, or giving in from negative thoughts and self-doubt. Focus on fundamentals how you started this process in the first place (feelings that are often related to avoidance goals), fear of failure doesn’t predict procrastination. We get on with our goal pursuit. Again, it’s about making the process itself worthwhile, rewarding and enjoyable, and about celebrating milestones towards your goal, not putting off all the happiness for when you eventually achieve it, by paying attention to your process, you give yourself a motivational advantage and you’re much more likely to achieve your goals successfully.
Years before Shari Keener started training in 2005, she had a different addiction.
"You’re going to be addicted to something in this world—be it food, alcohol, drugs, whatever it is, fill in your vice—and taking that energy and transferring it into something positive is like the only way you change that behavior," Keener says.
If you ask 100 people to define beauty, you’ll get 100 different answers. Most will falter and offer descriptions instead.
"There are people who spend their entire lives allowing the reflection in the mirror to determine their self-esteem, submitting to a cultural judgment established decades ago. But in CrossFit gyms all over the world, mirrors are conspicuous by their absence. Fitness is gauged in reps, in speed, power, virtuosity. And beauty is measured in joy. And in pride"
You not looking getting further from them, you are looking to finish. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better. ~ Captain and Company commander, Greg Plitt ~
In 2007, Congress mandated that the Department of Defense (DoD) create a center to advance our nation’s understanding about the invisible wounds from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This center would be designed to respond not only to the growing needs of those with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) conditions, but to serve as a center of excellence that would influence the military health system.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) led the fundraising effort for the NICoE by securing $65 million in private donations and overseeing the construction and equipment of the facility. The 72,000 square foot, two-story facility located on the campus of Naval Support Activity Bethesda, home of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
The NICoE began seeing patients in October of 2010. With a vision of “hope, healing, discovery and learning,” the NICoE is committed to providing interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluations and treatment of complex TBI and PH conditions in a family-focused, collaborative environment that promotes physical, psychological and spiritual healing. In addition to advanced diagnostics and long-term treatment planning, the NICoE also provides family education and reintegration support to help a service member’s transition back into his or her career, and serves as a research hub by utilizing the most current technical and clinical resources to advance medical science in TBI and PH.
There are hundreds of formerly prosperous communities all over America that are being steadily transformed into rotting, decaying ruins. The good paying middle class jobs that once supported those communities are long deceased, when you visit those communities, it is almost as if all of the hope has been sucked right out of the air. It can be absolutely heartbreaking to look into the hollow eyes of someone that has totally given in to despair, but unfortunately the number of Americas that are giving up on the economy continues to grow. The U.S. economy has been in decline for a long time, and the really bad news is that it appears that decline is about to accelerate. We are a nation that consumes far more wealth than we produce. We are a nation that buys far more from the rest of the world than they buy from us. We are a nation that has a “buy now, pay later” mentality.
It’s a portmanteau of ambiguous meaning, though as the bleak civic outlook suggest, the passage is far more terrifying. There’s no story here, no narrative, just a look as if through a window into a portion of the human existent. The lack of any real relatedness between the coven literature, fuel the sense of disconnectedness in a modern day. Though billed as a sort of cautionary tale about America, and explicitly intended to provoke political discussion, it isn’t exactly clear what conclusions we are supposed to draw from rigorist failure, or how it would inform any real debates or decision making, as the core conflicts and issues are not addressed in sufficient depth to enable the truth, and facts about the effects of commerce manipulation.
One reason we made the decision to leap into the unknown territory of corporate America, because we actually can. That is to say, there is a compose paradigm shift happening right now where consumers and entrepreneurs of every stripe and color have an infrastructure taking shape where the barrier to entry is dissolving. Are we supposed to feel dreadful, it has crossed our minds that this is possibly a mental thing to do and we are inviting a lot more adversity into our lives, no doubt. But we also gain a real sense of tolerance whom we can recognize the b@$>t for the first time. Capitalism do not and should not have to take any and every deal that comes their way, especially if there’s life, moral, and security are involve in a black market dictatorship style modus operandi.
Major big businesses completely exploit the apathy and nonchalant behavior of the investing public as the economic conditions continue to deteriorate. At some point in time, these condition will disintegrate more rapidly into an exponential free-fall. The consequences of decades of incredibly foolish decisions are starting to weigh in, and it is those at the bottom of the food chain that will suffer the most. Unfortunately, economic reality is not going to change even if all of us try to ignore it. Those that are willing to take an honest look at what is coming down the road are very troubling. When we step back and take a good, hard look at the numbers, they truly are staggering. What we are witnessing right now is the calm before the storm. Let us hope that it lasts for as long as possible so that we can have more time to prepare.
The endocrine system is made up of organs and tissues that produce hormones. Hormones are natural chemicals produced in one location, released into the bloodstream, then used by other target organs and systems. Some organ systems have their own internal control systems along with, or instead of, hormones. As we age, changes naturally occur in the way that body systems are controlled. Some target tissues become less sensitive to their controlling hormone, the amount of hormones produced may also change. Many of the organs that produce hormones are, in turn, controlled by other hormones. Aging also changes this process. For example, an endocrine tissue may produce less of its hormone than it did at a younger age, or it may produce the same amount at a slower rate.
The hormone or endocrine theory of aging asserts that the most important factors in aging are the changes brought about in the body by the endocrine system. The complex endocrine system of our body controls the hormones that regulate many body processes. As we age, these systems become less efficient, leading to changes in our bodies such as menopause. The hormone theory of aging believes that these changes eventually cause the effects of aging.
Hormonal changes are an important part of aging. Whether they control the pace at which aging happens or are a consequence of other changes in the body is unknown. It is unlikely that hormone substitution in humans will increase lifespan and can even be dangerous. Some anti-aging doctors will prescribe human growth hormone (HgH), but research does not show that this helps with aging.
Testosterone is a hormone that plays a large part in the development of male secondary sexual characteristics as well as helping to regulate bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength. Testosterone production peaks in adolescence and early adulthood. After that, testosterone levels slowly decline. However, throughout life most men produce large quantities of testosterone.
A lot of things we think are due to testosterone deficiency are actually related to the estrogen deficiency that accompanies it. Testosterone is the main male sex hormone. Men’s bodies convert some of it into estrogen, and levels of both decline with age. Until now, there was no way to tell which hormone was responsible for complaints of diminished libido, strength and energy. Some people call this midlife decline “male menopause” although men don’t menstruate and testosterone doesn’t fall off as sharply with age as estrogen does in women after menopause. ”Andropause would be more reasonable,” since testosterone is an androgen, a male sex hormone.
Doctors and fitness professionals still have a lot to learn about exercise and its effects on testosterone. Several factors besides your workout are involved. But one thing is clear, you need to make exercise a habit in order to get the benefits.
Lack of home cooking is just absolutely killing America. I think it’s killing the fabric of American society, and I think it is killing people through the obesity epidemic. People just aren’t eating real food anymore. ~ Jennifer Rubell ~
Americans have heard warning about high health spending:The U.S. spends a greater percentage of its economy on health care than any other nation, and the trend lines make clear that in future years we’ll be spending more still. More recently, we’ve seen media attention focus on the prices that Americans pay for health services. With a down economy some people choose to denied conventional health care, and lean over the idea of election analogy, to prevent spending in high cost of health care.
To get a sense of how out of whack American health care costs are, we need only look to Canada, a society whose standard of living and culture are very similar to that of the United States. Per person, the U.S. spends almost double what Canada does on health care, yet American health outcomes, like life expectancy, rank lower. And opinion polls show Canadians by large majorities are generally satisfied with their health system. There is no avoiding the cold reality that Americans exorbitantly overpay.
The current U.S. healthcare system is tragically corrupt and dysfunctional. It is destructive to the American business economy and our ability to compete globally. The structure of the system violates fundamental insurance risk principles and has inherent conflicts of interest that prevent quality national health care delivery and cost efficiency. For the most part, it’s not just about making Americans healthier - it’s about who can charge you the most, while delivering as little real care as possible.
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Stop playing it safe and start creating what’s truly possible in life by stretching yourself, taking risks and surrounding yourself with positive, nourishing people. Discover the key to greatness through powerful and inspiring insights on how to: Raise the bar and commit to higher goals; Recognize negative people and detoxify them from your life; Challenge yourself and put your fear of failure to rest; Stay hungry and make “no” your daily vitamin. ~ Les Brown ~
A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless attempt may turn into pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow and obtain glorious success us we continue to work hard all the way with no complacency, just the passion to win out in the end.
Autism is a complex biological disorder characterised by difficulties with speech; abnormalities of posture or gesture; problems with understanding the feelings of others; sensory and visual misperceptions, fears and anxieties; and behavioural abnormalities such as compulsive/obsessive behaviour and ritualistic movements. The National Autistic Society estimates that more than half a million people have autism in the UK with four times more boys than girls affected.
No single cause has been established, although genetic and environmental factors are implicated. There is growing evidence that nutritional therapy can really make a big difference to children with autism. Many have severely disrupted digestion, so restoring balance in the gut is a key focus for nutritional therapy. Also important is balancing blood sugar, checking for brain-polluting heavy metals, excluding food additives, identifying food allergies and possible nutrient deficiencies, and ensuring an optimal intake of essential fats.
The intestinal lining is the first mechanism of defense for our immune system. The outer layers of intestinal cells (epithelial) are connected by structures called tight junctions. At the tips of these cells are the microvilli, which absorb properly digested nutrients and transport them through the epithelial cell and into the bloodstream. During normal digestion process the tight junctions stay closed, forcing all molecules to effectively be screened and only pass into the blood stream through the mucosa cells (think of them like bouncers at the front of a classy bar).
The first reaction our body has to these “foreign” bodies in your blood is to fight like hell. Initially, our Liver is called into action to work overtime and try to screen out all the particles that our intestinal lining was supposed to be taking care of. In most cases, the liver has no chance of keeping up with the constant flow of waste into our blood and all the toxins, undigested food molecules, yeast, and other pathogens start to accumulate in our body.
Now the sleeping giant wakes up (our immune system) and it is not happy. It goes into full battle mode to fight the evil intruders and get them out of the body ASAP. More often than not, the body cannot keep up with the task at hand and the majority of these foreign bodies absorb into tissues throughout the body… causing them to inflame.
Inflammation is also an immune response and causes even more stress in our system. Now that our body is focused on fighting the large war, the little battles are starting to be ignored, like filtering out the blood, calming inflamed areas of the body, fighting bacteria, regulating the gut, etc. This process flow can lead to our body fighting itself and an array of autoimmune diseases. Now the body will begin to produce antibody soldiers designed to fight against these foreign objects. It is all part of a reaction as a result of bad nutritional chooses.
New research is beginning to show that toxins and oxidative stress contribute to autism. These toxins and oxidative stress damage brain cells and upset the delicate balance of neurotransmitters in the brain, which can cause neurological damage, and in extreme cases, autism. Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant in the body. One of its key functions is to reduce oxidative stress and remove toxins. If we don’t have enough – bad things start to happen. Things like oxidative brain damage.
Children with autism have low levels of glutathione, and often have impaired glutathione detox pathways. The causes of this are many. Increased mercury levels in the environment, bad gut bacteria, and poor diet can all decrease glutathione levels. However, knowing this also lets us attack the problem.
A large-scale review published in the journal of Nutrition & Metabolism looked for possible mechanisms by which glutathione levels could affect autism risk. They found that reduced glutathione synthesis could easily be a key contributor to autism. This theory has sparked a new field of research focused on optimizing glutathione levels as a way to treat autism.
The vagus nerve is involved in digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients. Unhealthy food, stress, and depression have negative effects on vagal activation. This shows that there is a direct correlation between your brain and gut because stress hinders your guts essential actions. Stress also influences your food choices, and increases insulin resistance. Stress increases maladaptive metabolic responses to unhealthy meals, which affects mood and proinflammatory responses to stressors.
High insulin levels in the body are at the center of many diseases. Together, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes account for almost 70% of all deaths in the United States – inflammation is a common link between these diseases. Inflammation is also linked to many autoimmune diseases and some mental health issues. Diets that promote inflammation are high in refined starches, sugar, and trans-fats. Refined starches and sugars can alter blood glucose and insulin levels, and postprandial hyperglycemia can increase production of free radicals as well as proinflammatory cytokines.
One of the most significant contributing factors in autism appears to be undesirable foods and chemicals that often reach the brain via the bloodstream because of faulty digestion and absorption. Much of the impetus for recognising the importance of dietary intervention has come from parents who’ve noticed vast improvements in their children after changing their diets. Diet and specific nutritional approaches will play a role in treating autism symptoms.