High Cholesterol levels are said to be a high indicator for the risk of Cardiovascular Disease. Doctors are quick to prescribe Statin drugs to lower cholesterol. There are different varieties of these drugs. If one doesn't suit you because of the side effects, they will give you another, then another.
Once you are on the statin drug, you will be on it the rest of your life.
Drug companies are very happy to supply you, at your cost.
Recognised Side Effects of Statin Drugs
The Mayo Clinic recognises that there can be many and varied side effects from statin drugs. Some of them are serious.
Muscle pain and damage
The most common statin side effect is muscle pain. This can be soreness, tiredness or weakness in your muscles. The pain varies from mild discomfort to severe. If taken over an extended time, it can affect the muscles of the heart. Liver and kidneys can be affected.
Some people taking a statin may develop nausea, gas, diarrhea or constipation after taking a statin. These side effects are rare.
Rash or Flushing
Some people may experience rash or flushing of the skin.
Increased blood sugar or type 2 diabetes
It's possible your blood sugar (blood glucose) level may increase when you take a statin, which may lead to developing type 2 diabetes. The risk is small but important enough that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on statin labels regarding blood glucose levels and diabetes.
Neurological side effects
The FDA warns on statin labels that some people have developed memory loss or confusion while taking statins.
Who is more at risk?
Risk factors include:
Coenzyme Q10, CoQ10 for short, is an important supplement that protects the muscles of the heart. If you are taking statin drugs, also take CoQ10. Studies show it will protect your heart.
We have a friend who had a heart problem. He was given statin drugs to lower his cholesterol. Ten years later he had lost the muscles in his legs. His heart muscle had also weakened dangerously. He was at great risk. Eventually, after visiting many doctors, en enlightened cardiologist put him on Co Q10. He is still alive after three years.
This short video tells you more about cholesterol.
Food cravings may be a way for your body to tell you that it is desperate for more vitamins and minerals.
Many people do not eat enough vegetables or fruit. I feel vegetables are more important than fruit. Vegetables are the staff of life. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and hundreds of other things that are good for us that have not even been identified yet.
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Dark green vegetables are just so good for us. They include minerals like calcium in their leafy greens.
Kale , long used by Europeans, are an undervalued leafy green packed with goodness. Terry Wahls MD says she eats 500gm a day of kale because of all the goodness it contains. Kale is in the cabbage family. This family is called cruciferous vegetables. It contains cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, collards, kale and a few more varieties. Cruciferous vegetables contain sulphur (sulfur) which is so needed by our body.
Coloured vegetables are also excellent for our health. Dark blue and purple veggies contain anthocyanins which are very good for us. Red fruit and veggies - capsicum, tomatoes, radishes, strawberries, berries have a different set of goodness, filled with vitamins and minerals. Yellow and orange fruit and vegetables like carrots, pumpkin and oranges contain yet other benefits.
Everyone know that sugar is not good for us yet most of us eat it in some form or another. There are some lucky people who do not have a sweet tooth. Those who crave sugar and sweets will find their cravings diminish if they can increase their intake of vegetables of all colours and some fruit. These have natural sweeteners that will satisfy the body if enough are eaten.
Terry Wahls MD recommends that people eat 9 cups of vegetables a day, plus meat before they eat any grains or sugary foods. This can be spread out throughout the day. I think they would be so full with all the meat and veggies that they would not need other food.
This amount of nutritious food will be full of lots of good vitamins and minerals that will help feed the body and diminish cravings.
Other articles you may like:
Protein for Health
Low Immune System, Yeast, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Major Food Allergies
Terry Wahls MD
People with auto-immune diseases and chronic diseases are always looking for that extra supplement that may help them get better.
N-acetyl-cysteine, often referred to as NAC is one of these supplements that can help.
Glutathione is the major antioxidant in our body. This means that its job is to go around and knock off all those free radicals that we are always hearing about. Now don't bother taking Glutathione itself. It is for sale but you will be wasting your money as it is not absorbed as a supplement by our body. It does a vanishing trick before it is of any use.
So what do we do? We take NAC. It can be manufactured by our body into Glutathione. Magic! Then the glutathione can zap around our body and gobble up those free radicals again.
It is very important to take NAC if you have a chronic disease such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia or Adrenal Fatigue. Also it has a great effect on auto immune diseases. When we are in a state of prolonged ill health we make lots of free radicals and it is not good to have too many of these floating around.
Have a look here at what Jay Mattingly, MD has to say about its benefits.
I have been taking it for years and can really notice when I don't take it.
Recovering from Major Illness
Natural supplements are a great way to improve our health especially if we are or have been very unwell. The medical profession have difficulty in diagnosing some illnesses. Just because doctors can't find what is wrong with you or put a name to it does not mean that you are not ill. There are many other health professionals who have expertise in other health modalities.
This why my favourite modality is Homeopathy. I call this the 'Designer Medicine'. The remedies are prescribed for you according to your symptoms, not the generalized symptoms of an illness. You may have more than one illness. There are over two thousand remedies.
My favourite supplement is N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC). This supplies the ingredients for our body to make glutathione, the major antioxidant in our body. Glutathione cannot be absorbed in our body if taken as a supplement therefore we need to give our body the basic ingredients to make it. NAC is very good for Depression or Bi Polar. Research studies have been done on this in Australia with positive results. Glutathione is found especially in the heart and the brain as well as all over the body.
Vitamin C is another important antioxidant. We have all heard of the importance of this for many years. We cannot make this vital vitamin in our body so must absorb it in our food or as a supplement. Most people will not get enough of this in their diet so supplementation in important. Vitamin C is found in the fluid in our eyes so to protect these important organs take some Vitamin C every day.
Minerals are the backbone of our body. We all know about Calcium and we know the names of many other minerals we need to keep us healthy. There is chloride, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. We also need iron and many trace elements. Trace elements are needed in very tiny quantities in our body, but we still need them.
What is the best way to get our minerals? By eating vegetables. The minerals have been absorbed by the roots of the vegetables and these are easily absorbed by our body.
Magnesium is my favourite mineral. It is wonderful to ease spasms. Spasms can manifest as cramps in the legs, period cramps, cramps in the gut in Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other bowel illnesses where the bowel goes into spasms. Magnesium also eases sneezing - a spasm, and coughing and asthma. It can help ease a migraine too. It also helps build our bones.
There are different ways to take magnesium.
Next time I will talk about other supplements that may help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. ME, CFIDS, Fibromyalgia, Adrenal Fatigue the Immune system and Thyroid problems.
Below are some other articles I have written about Magnesium
Feet and Leg Problems
How Tissue Salts Work
More about Magnesium and MS
Pain relief, many names, one product:
All these names are talking about the same drug for pain relief.
'What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;'
Spoken by Juliet
from Romeo and Juliet
by William Wordsworth
Because this drug, which is used for pain relief around the world, is used so frequently. people become blase about it. It was the same with aspirin until it was realized that it can cause bleeding of ulcers and toxicity to kidneys and liver.
Each tablet contains 500mg paracetamol (acetaminophen, Tylenol)
Dosage should not exceed 4000mg daily, that's 8 tablets a day.
For chronic use, take no more than 2000 to 3000mg daily. That is 4-6 tablets a day.
Chronic use at a high level can cause liver or kidney problems.
Doses of 1000mg daily of paracetamol (acetaminophen, Tylenol), that's only 2 tablets, depletes a major antioxidant called glutathione. We desperately need glutathione in our body. It is a master antioxidant and detoxifier. It strengthens the immune system and fights inflammation.
Taking glutathione does not help but we can take N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC). Our body uses NAC to make glutathione. So when taking more than a couple of tablets of paracetamol (acetaminophen, Tylenol) in a day, it is also a good idea to take a capsule of NAC. These usually come in 500mg -650mg capsules.
If you can have dairy products, high quality whey protein has also been shown to raise glutathione levels.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) US, 56,000 people presented to hospital emergency rooms with serious side effects from accidental overdosing of paracetamol (acetaminophen, Tylenol). There are also 100, yes, 100 deaths a year from this drug that is sold in supermarkets and touted as being everybody's friend.
Plant oils can ease the pain of inflammation
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a reaction of the immune system to infection, injury or disease. It involves pain, swelling and redness of the area.
Inflammation can occur on the inside of the body where the internal organs are involved or the outside of the body where the reactions are noticeable on the skin.
Inflammation can affect the joints or muscles and tendons in our body. When
joints are inflamed it is called arthritis.
Muscles are important to us. The skeletal muscles hold the body together and the soft muscles are those of the stomach, intestines and other parts of the internal workings of our body.
When muscle mass is increased, there is more power to fight infection. The more muscles you have the higher is your metabolic rate. The metabolic rate is how fast your body works. The stronger your muscles, the less fat you have.
Healthy people in China
Last year we travelled to China. We went to places where people had not seen Westerners before. We spent quite a bit of time in the country and I noted how muscular the people were. They were small, thin and what I would call 'wiry', an old fashioned word. I suppose it means that you can see the muscles like wires beneath the skin. Even the young people were strong with lots of natural muscles. They were energetic. We do not see that in the Western society I live in. People go to the gym to build muscle. They have forgotten how to work physically to build muscle naturally.
Aromatherapy Oils Can Help Ease Inflammation
Many medicines used to relieve inflammation and pain have what is called COX-2 inhibitors. Many aromatherapy oils have these same inhibitors plus they also have nitric oxide inhibitors. A Japanese research study found that the oils that contain these inhibitors decreased COX enzymes by as much as 75%. Lemon and lemongrass are in this group of oils.
Many plant oils contain these inhibitors. The following aromatherapy or essential oils all centre around the lemon fragrance
Lemongrass also called Citronella
Lemon oil helps relieve inflammation of the joints. Caution: After you
massage lemon oil into your body, do not expose that part to sunlight as it may
Lemon balm or Melissa officianalis relieves muscle spasms and arthritic and joint
pain, fibromyalgia and soreness or pain from exercising. It has antioxidant properties and stimulates the immune system and so is good for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and allergies.
Lemon verbena extract has been shown in a study done by a University in Spain to decrease the signs of muscular damage in people who do lots of exercise. It helps in ways that antioxidant supplements alone did not do.
Lemongrass, also called citronella relieves tired, aching legs. It also eliminates lactic acid which builds up during exercise.
The National Library of Medicine says that lemongrass has analgesic properties which help reduce pain from inflammation of muscles, joints, tendons and other parts of the body, It is being used in Asian medicine for depression and fatigue or malaise. muscular spasms and acts as a painkiller.
Try some of these oils in a massage oil to relieve pain from inflammation and see how they can help you.
Dark red fruit contains antioxidants
News Release - Antioxidants Caught in a Jar
I have chatted on in the past about the benefits of antioxidants. I talked about rhubarb, goji berries, raisins and prunes.
Here are a couple of links to help you remember
Glutathione - Major Antioxidant
Antioxidants in Rhubarb
Antioxidants in the Goji Berry
Quinoa - Antioxidant, Super Food
Well, all of these take a little work to make, not much though.
If you are the person who needs a quick, nutritious breakfast, well I found something interesting recently. It is only available at Aldi stores, but if you have one near you then it is worth stocking up ona few jars.
This product is called Berry Cocktail by Sweet Valley.
It contains strawberries, blackberries, black currants, blueberries and de-stoned Morello cherries.
We get lots of phyto-nutrients from red and perple fruit and they are full of antioxidants.
A Quick Breakfast
2 dessertspoons of Berry cocktail
1 dessertspoon of quinoa
1 dessertspoon of non fat yoghurt
Add 1/2 cup milk
And sprinkle over the top 1/2 teaspoon of ground chia seeds
Of course nothing beats fresh food, however it is not always possible to have on hand. It is good to have something nutritious that we can use as a backup.
I hope you can find this product or keep you eye out for something similar in you supermarket travels.
The airways in the lungs close during an asthma attack
Warning: Always take your medication as prescribed by your medical practitioner.
What happens when you have an asthma attack
When you experience an asthma attack, the airways in your lungs contract, that is, get smaller and tighter. This makes it harder for the air to get in and out. The airways become inflamed and fill with mucous. This mucous blocks the airways even more.
Why do your airways contract?
Your airways are more likely to contract when you are anxious, have a viral infection or are exposed to allergens. Allergens are something that upsets your system. Your reaction to the allergens is a tightening of your airways.
There are many allergens that can affect people. They can be specific or varied. You may react only to one thing, or you may react to many different things. Everybody id different.
If your immune system is lowered you are more likely to react to more and more triggers.
Some common triggers are pollen, smoke, dust, chemicals, cold air, latex or aspirin. Find out your own triggers and avoid them if you can.
How to Boost your Health
By boosting your immune system and general overall health hopefully you will be able to say goodbye to asthma.
Take a Magnesium supplement. Magnesiun is known as 'the great relaxer'. It relaxes the muscles and vessels in your body. By having a plentiful supply of magnesium in your body, the muscles and airways are relaxed, not tight and ever on the alert for the nect thing that will come along to trigger a reaction. Very many people do not have enough magnesium in their body because our diet does not supply it any more.
It is generally recommended to take at least 400mg of magnesium daily. Take this in divided doses. One in the morning and one at night.
Vitamin C is another important natural remedy. It is an antioxidant. Our bodies do not make Vitamin C. Guinea pigs are also not able to make vitamin C and need a replacement. All other mammals can produce their own vitamin C. Who would have thought we had a similarity to a guinea pig?
Selenium is a mineral, a trace element and another important supplement. We need very little of trace elements in our body, but we still need them. Take up to 200mcg. Notice this is mcg which means micrograms. It is a much smaller quantity than milligrams. Check any other vitamin/mineral mix you may be taking as selenium is dangerous if you take too much. 200 mcg is enough. Selenium is also good for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or ME or any other immune system illness.
Other articles that you may find interesting about asthma
Are You Worse for Windy Weather?
Asthma and Magnesium
Asthma and Tissue Salts
Mould can bring on Asthma
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NAC helps boost glutathione
How to boost Glutathione in our Body
The best way to improve the Glutathione levels in our body is is to take a pre-cursor. What on earth is that? Well if we could take glutathione, it doesn't have much effect on our body. It does not blend into our system. We need to take something that is the food for our body to make the glutathione for ourselves. This works well and improves the glutathione levels in our body.
This fancy chemical sounding word is the name for the substance needed by our body to enable it to make all the glutathione it wants. However we do not have to remember the big word. It is generally referred to as NAC. It's much easier to remember.
Our body is like a chemical factory making chemicals here and there depending on what it has to use and what the body needs.
What is NAC?
NAC is an amino acid that contains sulfur or sulphur. Same word, different spelling. N-acetyl-cysteine is more readily absorbed and is a powerful antioxidant and anti-viral.
Glutathione is important in the brain and blood and cells.
What is NAC used for?
Many scientific studies have shown that NAC is beneficial for
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
It boosts the immune system. It is an anti-mucolytic which means it deters excess mucous in the body, especially the lungs. Therefore it has been used by patients with Cystic Fibrosis.
So How do I Take NAC?
So, to boost your glutathione levels it is important to take NAC or N-acetyl-cysteiene.
NAC comes in powder or capsules. Be aware that it does have a strange smell but if it is doing you good then get used to the smell. If you take the powder, mix it in water.
Take 600mg - 3000mg daily depending on what is wrong with you and how much you need to boost your system. Take this in divided doses, that is, morning and night. It can have a remarkable effect.
Where do I Get it?
NAC is not well known and can be a bit difficult to find. Click the link below or try your local health food store or the internet for supplies
Free radicals float around our body stealing electrons from other cells
What do Antioxidants Do?
Glutathione is known to be a MAJOR antioxidant in our body. We need antioxidants in our body to get rid of the free radicals, the little unbalanced guys that roam our body trying to get other cells to join them.
Free radicals are not good for us. They make our body composition unbalanced. These little itty bitty things that float around in our body should have a pair of electrons in them.
Because of the polluted air we breathe, and the chemicals we use, these radicals lose one of their pairs and go around to steal a pair from other cells - thus they are free. This damages our good cells which then become a free radical and do the same thing to the next cell. Wicked little creatures.
Glutathione is a product or antioxidant we make in our body to destroy these free radicals and stop them doing all the damage they do.
Glutathione is needed in our body in the blood, brain and cells. There should be a lot of it in the brain but when the necessary building blocks are not there for it, it can become deficient.
Diseases that can be helped by glutathione are Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease plus many, many more.
A Great Detoxifyer
Glutathione can also help the body detoxify all those bad chemicals and toxins that build up in it.
It is thought that a lack of glutathione may also be the cause of aging - not the fact that we get older every day, but the fact that out body gets worn out and shows symptoms of getting old.
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