Can Aging Be Slowed by Diluting Blood?

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • In a recent study involving mice, a single plasma exchange helped with muscle repair, liver fat and liver fibrosis measurements
  • Researchers believe the data help identify factors in blood products that influence health and aging
  • Many causes of death in the U.S. are influenced by nutrition and lifestyle choices, over which we have more control than we might believe
  • An important key to longevity is intermittent fasting combined with healthy eating. Additionally, quality sleep, hydration, exercise and being outdoors have an impact on health

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Regenerative Fitness with Hamad Shirazi

What is Regenerative Fitness?

Regenerative fitness is a foundational program that will empower you with simple tools and practices that can be applied to instantly improve health and vitality. Using movement as medicine, we will cultivate an optimal environment for our bodies to harmonize and create a more youthful presence. This movement-centered program will include principles of infant development and natural movement patterns, all with the intention of total body integration. Continue reading

The Double-Edged Sword of Constipation

Constipation is uncomfortable-physically and even just talking about it. Let’s just say it’s not high on the list of topics people want to discuss. It is, however, a problem that 63 million Americans will encounter.

The problem is exacerbated for seniors, who often experience higher rates of constipation. Continue reading

Dehydration

Last week Queen Elizabeth, the Queen of England, was hospitalized for the first time in 10 years. She was released yesterday and is reported to be in good health.

She was admitted because of a common occurrence called gastroenteritis. This condition impacts countless people and rarely results in a trip to the hospital. However, like many sicknesses, as we age its effects can become more threatening. Continue reading

The “Ugly” in Skincare Products

Priority One of looking younger, as any doctor or anti-aging expert will tell you, is taking care of your skin: minimal sun exposure, hydration, supplements, and so on. But many people with the best of intentions are inadvertently exposing themselves to a battlefield of toxins waging war on the face and skin. Imagine slathering on a skin cream loaded with lead, parabens and Continue reading

The Role of Pure Water in Detoxification

We need to hydrate with pure water to retain our physical and mental health. All our tissues’ cells need to be hydrated to function properly. Would you believe that most of us are dehydrated?

It’s not just your five or so quarts of blood serum that contain water. Your organs’ cells contain water. Your brain and nerve tissues are 80 percent water. Severe dehydration leads to mental derangement Continue reading

Natural Ways to Banish Colds and Flu

Once the temperature drops, cold and flu season looms over health like dark storm clouds. Our fast-paced lifestyles, holiday travels and festivities, along with seasonal changes lead most of us to believe that colds and flu are inevitable facts of winter. But a healthy diet, lifestyle choices and supplementation offers protection year-round with natural solutions that help strengthen your defenses and keep you vibrant and energized. Continue reading

Do You Really Need a Flu Shot?

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The government and pharmaceutical companies relentlessly promote flu shots every year, insisting that supposedly “high risk” groups like pregnant women, children less than 5 years of age (especially under the age of 2) and everyone over age 50 should be vaccinated. But there are serious questions about the advisability of these shots. In some cases, a flu shot may interfere with immunity rather than boost it. Continue reading

Fight the Signs of Aging with This

Do you want to look younger for longer? Do you want to fight the effects of aging? Have you tried a boatload of anti-aging creams and anti-aging solutions to no effect? A new study suggests that pine bark might be worth a shot. Continue reading

Coconut Health Benefits, Life Saving and Antioxidant Properties

Coconuts are one of the wonder foods on earth that amply provides for all human needs and have multiple health benefits… They can even save your life!

Few people (even fewer doctors) understand how important the coconut is to stabilizing blood sugar; lowering cholesterol; healing; hydration; and even replacing blood plasma in an emergency.

Referred to as kalpa vriksha (Sanskrit for “the tree that supplies all that is needed to live”) in ancient India, the coconut palm has been recognized as a top immune booster, antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral and antibacterial remedy for thousands of years all over the world.

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How much Water Should we Drink?

Remaining properly hydrated is vital to being optimally well. Dehydration, or lack of proper water in the body, can lead to dozens of ailments and pains and even disease.

It is argued, the bottled-water industry tries to make us believe drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day is necessary for health.

“We may not be as dehydrated as bottled-water makers would have us believe,” reported Betsy McKay in The Wall Street Journal. McKay’s comment was in response to a peer-review study that “found no evidence to support the vigorously promoted assertion that drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day (known as the “8×8” rule) is essential to good health.”

Water Rules

In questioning the origin and necessity of the 8×8 water rule, the American Journal of Physiology asked Heinz Valtin, M.D., to undertake a rigorous literature review to ascertain the scientific proof for the daily drinking of 64 ounces of water. Valtin was the go-to physiologist for this project, as he has been active in the field for decades and has written several textbooks on the kidneys and water balance. Continue reading

Extreme Heat Related Injuries Can Be Prevented

Dr. Pat Crocker knows better than most that it’s dangerously hot in Central Texas these days.

“We are in an exceptionally hot period — a 100-year drought with 106-, 107-degree days. So we’re at a higher risk for heat injuries, and it just makes sense for people to be extra careful,” said Crocker, chief of emergency medicine at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

That includes the high school football players and coaches found on sweltering, sun-baked fields.

In protecting young athletes from heat-related illnesses, Crocker said, “there are a number of things that have clear value because most, if not all, exertion-related heat injuries are preventable. Continue reading

The Real Solution to the Viral Illness Excludes Antibiotics.

Everyone dreads the misery of acute viral illnesses like colds, flu, bronchitis or viral pneumonia. Taking an antibiotic does nothing to help you feel better. Instead, the best antiviral strategy consists of natural precautions that boost your immune system’s ability to defeat these pathogenic invaders.

Regrettably, for years I treated patients who were sick from viruses with the standard remedies of pain relievers and, too often, antibiotics that were supposed to help people get well quick. (They didn’t.) Even though American doctors dole out antibiotics like candy when patients have viral illnesses, these medicines are powerless against viruses. They work only for bacterial infections.

Statistics from the well-researched article Death by Medicine reveal there are an estimated 20 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for viral illnesses given to patients in the U.S. each year. This most often happens because sick patients insist their doctors proffer an antibiotic prescription Continue reading

Drinking Filtered Water may be Healthier for You than Bottled Water

Millions around the world purchase bottled water as a primary form of hydration. Many of these consumers are under the false impression that the bottled water they are consuming is safer than the toxin-laden tap water that is coming out of their household faucets. Unfortunately, bottled water is often just as bad, or even worse, than tap water in the United States and elsewhere. Research shows that this common misconception is the result of highly-effective mass advertising campaigns and marketing. Learn how to distinguish between safe and unsafe drinking water.

The typical cost of bottled water per gallon is around $3.79, while a typical cost of tap water is $0.002/gallon. Of course tap water is not a viable alternative to bottled water when it comes to improving one’s health, but why is bottled water so much more expensive when it is oftentimes just as contaminated? For a 1900% markup over tap water,  Continue reading

Why you Need to Drink Water

When you were a kid in school, you learned that each molecule of water is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. You may also have learned that it was great fun to fill up your squirt guns with water, at least until the principal caught you. What you may not have learned, however, was that you need water to be a healthy human being.

Why You Need to Drink Water

Your body is estimated to be about 60 to 70 percent water. Blood is mostly water, and your muscles, lungs, and brain all contain a lot of water. Your body needs water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs.

Signs of Dehydration

You lose water through urination, respiration, and by sweating, and if you are very active, you lose more water than if you are sedentary. Continue reading