How to Reduce Stress and Increase Good Health

We often speak of being “stressed out.” The pressures of a job, of school, or of a relationship build up and we find ourselves on edge, nervous, losing sleep, and eating excessively. We are stressed out until the situation is resolved and our life returns to some degree of normalcy.

But stress goes beyond this—it encompasses much more than the examples given above and can harm us much more than losing some sleep or gaining a few pounds can.

C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts on pain management and chronic disease, contends that all illness is stress-induced. And although this may be difficult to grasp—especially to those of us who think of stress only in terms of job pressures, family pressures, and so on—it is a true statement, and, in the medical world, nothing new. read more

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AIM Athletes in Action

What could be a more convincing statement of the power of AIM’s nutritional line-up than a 42-year-old woman competing in her fourth Olympics and racing against girls half her age? Beginning her athletic career in high school and college as a national champion runner, Debbi Lawrence dreamed of running in the Olympics.

In 1981, a knee injury forced her to change sports and turn to walking. She became an immediate success. Her third competitive walking event was for the USA, in Norway. However, one dilemma still existed: how could she reach the Olympic Games in a sport that was not recognized as an official women’s Olympic sport? read more

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Memory Problems

If I Could Remember Your Name, I’d Ask You Where I Put My Keys

It’s a pretty common experience: You just had your keys and now you can’t find them anywhere. About 75 percent of people over age 50 say they have had some sort of “memory problem” in the past year. Memory loss and confusion are not inevitable with aging. Most people stay alert as they age, although researchers acknowledge that it takes us longer to remember things as we grow older, particularly after age 70. Our minds are like computers: the older we become, the more information we have stored on the “hard drive,” and the longer it takes to access it. read more

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Pollen Extract for Prostate Health

Pollen and pollen extracts have long been used to maintain good health. Perhaps the better-known pollen product is bee pollen, which has been used as a tonic for centuries. Another pollen product, pollen extract, is beginning to become known for helping to maintain urogenital health. Literature on pollen extract focuses on three physiological effects: Smooth muscle contraction, anti-inflammatory action, and effects on enzymes.

Smooth Muscle Relaxation

Smooth muscle contraction is important in prostate problems because muscle contraction plays a role in allowing the bladder to void. When the muscles at the neck of the bladder are tense, urinary problems may result. Spasms and unwanted tension in the muscles that line the bladder are found in many cases of prostatitis. (1) If muscle contraction is inhibited, and muscle relaxes, it may facilitate the discharge of urine. (1) read more

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PMS and Menopause: Politics, Medicine, and Health

In Western society, two points on the continuum of the female hormonal cycle are somewhat politicized and quite “medical-ized.” PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and menopause carry society’s subtle (and false) message that women are less psychologically and emotionally able to function than men.

PMS and menopause have also come to be regarded as diseases. We speak of them in terms of symptoms and have an armory of drugs and therapies to “treat” them. In truth, many of the symptoms of both can be well-managed with self-care and alternative treatments. read more

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Consistent Blood Sugar Levels Results In Better Health

We hear a lot about the harmful effects of a poor diet on our health. We hear about how it leads to obesity, how it can lead to increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, and how it can mean overall poor health due to lack of nutrition. Another risk of an unhealthy diet—especially if it includes large quantities of carbohydrates and simple sugars—is what it does to our blood sugar levels.

Blood sugar is, simply enough, the amount of sugar (glucose) we have in our blood. When we eat, our body breaks down food carbohydrates to produce sugars. The sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream, which carries it to every cell in the body. Blood sugar fuels the cells, providing them with the energy they need to keep us healthy. read more

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Boost Your Brain Power with Ginkgo Biloba

We’ve heard about it from friends, read about it in herb books, and seen it on television commercials. And everything we’ve heard, read, and seen says much the same thing: ginkgo biloba improves our mental acuity—our ability to recall and concentrate.

Long known as a “memory herb” in folklore, science is now validating the ability of ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) to improve our “mental dexterity.” Researchers note that GBE affects the brain in three ways:

Gingko biloba extract increases blood flow to the brain. GBE helps keep blood vessels and capillaries flexible, aiding in the circulation of blood. This enhanced circulation means that the brain gets a better supply of oxygen, glucose (blood sugar), and nutrients. All of these are necessary for proper brain function. Simply put, the better “brain circulation” we have, the better the brain is going to work. read more

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Coenzyme Q10 The Fuel We Need For Life

Every day, the some 100 trillion cells in the body work hard. They ingest and digest nutrients, remove waste, and reproduce. Healthy cells provide the energy that ensures that we wake up in the morning, get to work, enjoy different types of recreation, and make it to bed at night.

To perform all the tasks that they must, cells create their own energy. The production of energy at the cellular level is commonly known as bioenergetics. Considering how active the human body is – remember that an average person uses 60% of his or her daily energy on base metabolism – we can see how important bioenergetics is. read more

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High Blood Pressure

By age 60, about six in ten Americans have blood pressure high enough to treat with drugs. Millions more have blood pressure high enough to raise the risk of heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure can damage the blood vessels of the heart, the brain, the eyes, and the kidneys. It killed 33,000 people in 1990; this does not include those who died due to a stroke or heart attack caused by high blood pressure.

What’s your blood pressure?

Above 140/90 High 130/85 to 139/89 High normal 120/80 to 129/84 Normal Below 120/80 Optimum

Blood pressure is a measure of the force of blood against the walls of the arteries. It is read with two numbers, systolic and diastolic, which are often just referred to as “top and bottom.” The top number, systolic, measures blood pressure when the heart is pumping out blood. The bottom number, diastolic, measures blood pressure between heartbeats, that is, when the heart is not pumping but is at rest. read more

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Beta Carotene for the Immune System

As we age, disease worms its way into our lives. Arthritis, cardiovascular problems, longer-lasting colds, even cancer—they seem to sneak up on us at a certain age, doing their best to ruin the quality of our lives, just when we should be enjoying a bountiful retirement.

In the past, people accepted this as one of the evils of growing old; in other words, that age beget disease. Today, we know that this is not true, and that many of the health problems traditionally associated with aging have more to do with the immune system than aging. read more

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