Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Types of Fat

     Did you realize that your body makes from an eight to a quarter teaspoonful of pure cholesterol daily, and that is as much as you need? Any extra cholesterol eaten increases your body's total cholesterol. High cholesterol gives rise to atherosclerosis, a condition in which excessive cholesterol is deposited in artery walls. In time it blocks the blood flow to vital organs.

     Some fats are "friendly" to the heart and blood. These are called high density lipoproteins (HDL). They actually remove cholesterol from the various places where it has been deposited and take it back to the liver for disposal. "Oleic acid", found abundantly in olives, avocados, peanuts, and sesame seeds, for example, seems to help maintain or increase the HDL concentration in the body. Taking regular exercise and avoiding alcohol and rich desserts are other important ways to improve one's HDL level.

     Other "good fats", called the "omega 3 acids." are thought to help somewhat in reducing breast and colon cancer. Healthful food sources of omega 3 fats are soy beans, turnips, spinach, beans, bananas, rye grain, and nuts.

     Based from the book of "Eight Secret of Health by Ethel R. Nelson, M.D."

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Danger of Fat

     Besides being linked to atherosclerosis, fats are also under heavy suspicion as a contributing cause of cancer. Cancer of the breast appears to be related to excessive use of highly refined corned corn and vegetable oils. Laboratory studies in animals have shown that the more fat consumed, the more cancer observed. When research animals were fed both high-fat and high-protein at the same time, they showed a higher incidence of cancers than when fed only high-fat or high-protein alone.

     Studies from research laboratories have led to the following conclusions:

  1. Virus-caused cancer is promoted by excess fat.
  2. Chemically-caused cancer is promoted by excess fat.
  3. Cancer, secondary to X-ray radiation, is promoted by excess fat.
  4. Transplanted tumors in animals are promoted when excess fat is given.
     The ideal diet is to eat fat as it occurs naturally in whole grains, vegetables, nuts, and seeds (the latter two in moderation). Remember, vegetable fats contain no cholesterol and no viruses. However, one should not eat excessive amounts of refined vegetable oil, nuts, or seeds.

     The right fats in the right amounts are absolutely essential for every cell of the body.

     From the book of "Eight Secrets of Health by Ethel R. Nelson, M.D."

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Papaya Help in Food Digestion

     Papaya (Carica Papaya 'L) also called pawpaw, is one of the most common plants grown in tropical countries. It is a fast-growing branch-less herb-like tree, 3-6 meters in height of the botanical family Caricaceae. The trunk is soft, grayish, and marked with fallen leaf scars. The leaves are deeply lobed, with long stalks, borne on the top of the tree. The male flowers are in long-stalked clusters, but the female flowers are stalkless or sessile. The fruit is obovoid, yellow-orange when ripe, fleshly, juicy, and often contains numerous black seeds although seedless varieties are also available today. The fruit usually weighs 0.5 to 2 kilos, although there are some that reach 6 kilos.

     Papaya vitamin content, is 100 g of pulp provides 103% of the RDA of vitamin C and 18% of vitamin A for an adult. The B vitamins are also present in small amounts except for folates which as much as the mango.

     Where minerals are concerned, the papaya is rich in potasium and significant amount of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and iron.

     Papain, is a proteolytic enzyme (one that digest proteins), similar to the pepsin in gastric juice. Its primary source is the leaves of the papaya tree or its unripe fruit. Papain is greatly reduced in ripe papaya.

      Papaya is very easy to digest, therefore it contributes to the digestion of the foods we take. This article is based from the books "Amazing healing plants, and "New Lifestyle Healthy Food".

Friday, August 16, 2013

Insulin Treatment for Diabetes

     Diabetes is due to lack of or decreased insulin secretion by the pancreas. Lack of insulin secretion is commonly found in type 1 or juvenile diabetes. The adult-onset or the type 2 diabetes is often due to decreased insulin secretion, and/or lack of sensitivity of effectivity of the insulin being secreted by the pancreas. 

     For mild or newly diagnosed diabetes, single medication is recommended. Oral medications "push" the pancreas to secrete more insulin, or by increasing the sensitivity of the body cells to the effects of the insulin in the body.

     However, if the sugar goes beyond the target level as monitored by Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS) and HBA1c (glycosylated hemoglobin A1c), there insulin therapy is the best option. Insulin therapy gives time for the pancreas to rest and recover.

     Before, insulin treatment was used only as the last resort, the "when-all-else-fails" form of treatment for diabetes. Today, however, early insulin treatment is recommended by different diabetes associations. aside from being safe, it is cost effective compared with taking several classes of anti-diabetes pills at the same time.

     Starting in an insulin treatment does not mean you will be on it for life. But you need to monitor your sugar levels closer and visit your doctor regularly to receive optimum treatment and care.

     This article is based from the dear doctor section of Health and Home by Linda Lim-Varona, M.D.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Tawa-tawa: A Dengue Fever Fighter

Tawa-tawa a local name in the Philippines, english name Snake Weed, scientific name euphorbia hirta. Tawa-tawa is a slender-stemmed, hairy, much branched herb. The leaves are opposite, lanceolate, toothed along the margin. The flowers are very small, in dense round clusters, in the axils of the leaves. Seeds are tiny, reddish, oblong, in capsules, with a wrinkled surface. They are odorless and bitter. It usually grows in waste spaces like lawns, roadsides, pathways. It grows up to 40cm and contains relatively abundant white latex.

     A number of substances have been detected in this plant including, among other things, tannins, gallic acid, quercetin, phenols, phyto-sterols, alcohols, and alkaloids.

     Did you know that Tawa-tawa can help save lives of dengue patients, even those in stage four, because it has antiviral and antibacterial components.

     So, what in tawa-tawa that makes it an agent in the treatment of dengue? Actually, tawa-tawa does not fight dengue virus. Instead, it promotes the development of blood platelets and softens the effect of the dengue virus. Tawa-tawa has natural enzymes within that stabilize the membranes of the blood vessels, preventing internal bleeding.

     According to Arlene May G. Corpus, RND, MBA, in her article "Tawa-tawa is no laughing Matter" in Health and Home, said that to prepare tawa-tawa as medicinal plant to dengue fever patient is through decoction. Here's how:
  1. Take 5-6 full whole tawa-tawa plants.
  2. Cut off the roots and set aside.
  3. Wash the remaining stalks thoroughly.
  4. Slow-boil tawa-tawa stalks in a pot of water for 1 minute.
  5. Cool tawa-tawa water.
  6. Let dengue patient drink 1 to 1.5 glasses of tawa-tawa water every hour. Let this be his water for 24 hours.
     Despite Tawa-tawa has medicinal benefits, it must be taken under a physicians guidance while there are no known interactions with other drugs, it is advisable not be used in large doses as it may cause gastrointestinal irritation, nausea and vomiting, and also pregnant women should not take tawa-tawa.
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