Scientists Reverse The Aging Process in Mice

There are some amazing new nutritional products which have just hit the market with the very latest in scientific breakthroughs included in them:

  • Telomere maintenance complex– helps maintain and protect telomeres and telomerase production
  • Calorie restriction mimetics and gene expression– improves cellular aging functions found to slow the aging process in the calorie restriction model
  • Free radical scavenger complex–a natural blend of synergistic antioxidants that supports healthy cell aging
  • DNA repair blend– enhances single and double strand DNA repair
  • Stem cell maintenance complex– aids in optimal stem cell gene expression and stem cell function
  • Cell regulation complex– helps regulate the normal release of hormones and daily biorhythm
  • Digestive enzymes– aids in digestion and increases the nutritional value obtained from meals
  • Probiotic blend– helps restore important gastrointestinal flora, and aids in digestion and production of key vitamins

For more information on the above you can review the Nutrigen products on www.youthspring.com.au

Can we escape from our biology and become more evolved?

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My blog today is written from a place of seeing the pain that some people close to me are going through……..love and light to them.

Can we escape from our biology and become more evolved? – To coin a very well known phrase “YES WE CAN”

Why is it that when 2 factory workers sit side by side and are exposed to the same carcinogenic chemicals for 20 years that one manifests cancer and the other doesn’t? Maybe, just maybe, there is some kind of internal order at work that supersedes the  continual environmental exposure to harmful chemicals which are known to genetically alter tissue. Is it possible that managing our own internal environment, regardless of the external environment we can maintain or change our genes?

There is a growing body of studies & evidence that points to the effect of stress on our bodies and it points to the fact that most species live in a primitive state of survival. This limits our evolution as the chemicals of stress alter our internal state and pull the trigger of cellular breakdown thus chronic long term stress weakens our bodies. Over a period of time we begin to like and cannot shake the internal state of turmoil and we rely on the chemical state that drives us to experience confusion, unhappiness, aggression even depression etc.

So, why do we cling to relationships or jobs that that logically no longer work for us? If it is the conditions of our job that we dislike so much, why don’t we just get another one? If there is something in our personal life that causes us to suffer, why don’t we change it? why does changing ourselves and our conditions in life seem so hard?

The answer to those questions are that we choose to remain in the same circumstances because we become addicted to the emotional state they produce and the chemicals that arouse that state of being. Is change easy? For most people I would say the answer to that is no which is why some people choose to stay in situations that produce the kind of troubled states of mind that plague them for their entire lives – Ouch, that’s gotta hurt!  People choose this state of ‘ being stuck’ partly because of genetics and partly because a part of their brain has become hardwired by their repeated thoughts and reactions that limits their vision of what is possible. Everyone probably knows someone that isn’t happy unless they are unhappy !

When it comes to evolution, change is the only element that is universal, or consistent to all species on earth. To evolve is to change by adapting to the environment. Our environment as human beings is everything that makes up our lives. You know, all those complex circumstances that involve us, our loved ones, social status, where we live, what we do for a living, how we react to those around us & even the times we live in.

When we change something in our life, we have to make it different than it would be if we left it alone. To change is to become different, it means that we are no longer who we used to be. We have modified how we think, what we do, what we say, how we act and who we were being. Personal change takes an intentional act of will, and it usually means that something was making us uncomfortable enough to want to do things differently. To evolve is to overcome the conditions in our life by changing something about ourselves.

We have an innate ability to be neuroplastic – the ability to rewire and create new neural circuits to make substantial changes in the quality of our lives. Our ability to be neuroplastic is equivalent  to our ability to change our minds, to change ourselves and to change our perception of the world around us; that is, our reality. In order to accomplish this we have to change how the brain automatically and habitually works. When you effect neuroplasticity your brain has permanently changed; it neurologically tracked a new way to fire off circuits, by making new neurological patterns that work in a different pattern.

Here is a great example… what do you see when you first look at this image? Now, look at it again and what do you see?

Maybe you first saw a candlestick or maybe you saw 2 people looking at each other !

What you first see in the form of a picture will be what is the most familiar pattern in the shape you are looking at. Just above your ears, the temporal lobes (the brain’s center for decoding & recognsing objects) locks in a memory. The picture activates a few hundred million neurological circuits, which fire in a unique sequence and pattern throughout specific parts of your brain, and you are reminded of a candlestick or 2 people looking at each other – cool !

So, going back to neuroplasticity,  what if you saw the candlestick and I told you to no longer see that object and to see 2 people looking at each other instead. For you to accomplish that feat, your frontal lobe would have to force your brain to “cool off” the circuits that are related to candlesticks and reorganise it’s circuitary to imagine 2 people looking at each other instead. The ability to make the brain forgo it’s habitual internal wiring and fire in new patterns and combinations is how neuroplasticity allows us to change.

Breaking the habit of thinking, doing, feeling, perceiving or behaving is what allows you to see the world and see yourself differently. You change your mind by altering the brain’s typical firing pattern and by strengthening new chains of brain cell connections, and thus who you are has changed as well.  Umm, does this then mean that change, neuroplasticity and evolution all have similar meanings?

Put Yourself in Good Hands – Your Own !

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Give me a P, Give me an H

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It appears that taking small steps to change your body’s pH will give you more energy, increase mental clarity, improve digestion and stabilise your weight naturally.

Foods are classified as either acidic or alkaline according to their own intrinsic acidity or alkalinity but nutritionists often speak of acid and alkaline forming foods, referring to the overall effect of the food after ingestion.

A diet high in acid-forming protein, sugar, caffeine and processed foods disrupts pH balance.

Herman Aihara, a leading educator in Western and Eastern health science, writes in his book Acid & Alkaline:“The condition and constitution of body fluid, especially blood, is the most important factor in our life: that is to say, for our health. In man, organs such as the kidneys, liver, and especially the large intestine throw out waste and toxins and maintain our internal environment in as ideal a condition as possible. However, there is limitation for this. If we eat too much poison producing foods, or not enough materials which are needed to clear out the poisons, then our internal environment becomes beyond control, and away from the correct condition in which our cells can live. The cells become sick and die. Many sicknesses are a function of the body’s attempt to clean up this internal environment. Cancer is a condition in which body cells become abnormal due to the abnormal condition of body fluids.”

What is pH?

All organic matter has a pH level, including humans. Maintaining the correct pH level is vital. A pH under 7 is considered acid, while a pH over 7 is alkaline. The pH of our blood must remain constant between 7.35 and 7.45. The condition of body fluids, including blood, should be alkaline. The pH level (the acid-alkaline measurement) of your internal fluids affects every cell in your body. Extended acid imbalances of any kind are not well tolerated by the body. Indeed, the entire metabolic process depends on a balanced internal alkaline environment. Every cell burns fuel to create energy. Most of this cellular waste is acid and is released into the blood for elimination from the lungs in the form of carbon dioxide and from the kidneys via the urine. In this way, the body regulates the acid level so that it does not become dangerously concentrated.

The body has an alkaline reserve that can neutralise acids. This excess of alkali is only a backup system with limited supply and the, more acid-forming foods eaten, the weaker the system becomes, so following a more alkaline-forming wholefood diet is essential to maintaining a healthy pH balance.

It appears that taking small steps to change your body’s pH will give you more energy, increase mental clarity, improve digestion and stabilise your weight naturally. The cells in your body function at peak efficiency and achieve peak longevity when bathed in slightly alkaline body fluids.

A diet high in acid-forming protein, sugar, caffeine and processed foods disrupts pH balance. The literature suggests that most degenerative disease attributed to ageing, such as cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease, and ailments such as allergy, kidney stones and gallstones can be linked to mineral deficiencies that result in body fluids becoming more acidic.

There are many factors that create an unhealthy pH level, including stress, certain medications, metabolic and muscular functions in the body, and the food we eat and the liquids we drink. Foods are classified as either acidic or alkaline according to their own intrinsic acidity or alkalinity but nutritionists often speak of acid and alkaline forming foods, referring to the overall effect of the food after ingestion. In other words, limes with a pH of 1.9 contain strong acid yet after ingestion they contribute to an alkaline environment.

In fruit and most vegetables, the organic acid (such as the acidity of an orange, which you can taste) contains many alkaline elements, such as potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium. Organic acids, when oxidised, become carbon dioxide and water; the alkaline elements remain and neutralise body acid. In other words, strangely enough, acid foods can reduce acidity in your body. This is the reason fruits and most vegetables are considered alkaline-forming foods. An important distinction to keep in mind is there are two types of acid and alkaline foods: one is acid or alkaline foods; the other is acid- or alkaline-forming foods.

Mood Foods

I just came across this really interesting slide show about Mood Foods – what different types of foods do to your body bio-chemically & emotionally.

http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/slideshow_ajax.aspx?sectionid=9885&sectionname=news&subsectionid=7800063&subsectionname=inpictures_mood_foods

Spring & The Chinese Five Elements

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In the Chinese 5 Elements Spring sits in the Wood element and is the time of new beginnings. It’s a great time to rise early with the sun and take brisk walks which reflect the ascending and active nature of Spring. The sight of green shoots coming up from the earth and plants flowering nourishing our soul through our eyes and sense of smell. The metaphorical membrane over the eyes & mind disappears and vision becomes clearer – we see things in new ways.

It is the time of year when our appetite decreases and the body naturally cleanses itself, not only of food residues, but of excessive desire and the accompanying emotions of dissatisfaction, impatience and anger. This is a time for contacting your inner self and true nature and giving attention to self awareness and self expression.

This is the season to attend to our Liver & Gallbladder so the diet should be the lightest of the year and contain foods which emphasize the Yang – young plants, fresh greens, sprouts, immature wheat or other cereal grasses.  Salty foods should be limited and too many heavy foods clog the Liver resulting in Spring fits & fevers. Sweet & pungent foods are also good such as honey & mint tea or cooking herbs such as basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary & dill.  Most complex carbs such as grains, legumes & seeds have a primarily sweet flavour which increases with sprouting.

The Liver is perhaps the most congested of all of our organs – too much fat, chemicals, intoxicants & denatured food all disrupt the intricate bio-chemical processes of the Liver. Chinese Medicine Practitioners tell us that a healthy Liver establishes a smooth and soothing flow of energy through the whole person both in body & mind. When the Liver is harmonious there is never stress & tension. People with vital Livers are calm, have unerring judgment & can make effective leaders & decision makers. When obstructed, stagnant or over heated the energy flow in the Liver & throughout the body is hampered, which can result in a myriad of physical & emotional problems. One of the first signs of Liver disharmony is emotional difficulty relating to anger, impatience, stubbornness, frustration, resentment, arrogance or an impulsive or explosive personality. If these emotions are repressed they can lead to depression. Mood swings as well as emotional excesses are in general Liver related.

When the Liver is consistently stagnant, sediment often settles out of the bile and forms accumulations that resemble stones, sand or mud in the Gall Bladder which make it much less efficient. Symptoms of this sediment may be indigestion, flatulence, periodic pain in shoulders, neck & a bitter taste in the mouth. Most chronically ill people need Gall Bladder cleansing before recovery is complete.

As with any cleansing it should only be undertaken with the help of a professional such as a Naturopath. If you do undertake a Gall Bladder cleanse it is best to avoid foods richest in saturated fats and cholesterol. In Spring the best foods for the Gall Bladder are unrefined grains, vegetables, fruits & legumes.

Why Stress Hurts Us

What you are thinking, feeling & believing is changing the genetic expression and chemical composition of your body on a moment by moment basis.

The stress hormone Cortisol has the same chemical precursors as DHEA, which is associated with many health promoting functions as well as longevity. DHEA is the most common hormone in the body and is associated with cell repair. Both Cortisol and DHEA are manufactured by the adrenal glands. When the adrenals use the precursors to make Cortisol, the stress hormone, it makes less DHEA which repairs cells. So it go’s that when we stress less and our Cortisol levels are low, the raw materials from which our bodies manufacture life giving DHEA are freed up and production of that increases.

Stressing sucks biochemical resources away from cell repair & kills brain cells. Cortisol has been shown to reduce muscle mass, increase bone loss & osteoporosis, interfere with the generation of new skin cells, increase fat accumulation around the waist & hips & reduce memory & learning ability.

Over 1,400 chemical reactions and over 30 hormones and neurotransmitters shift in response to stressful stimuli. Therefore if we de-stress ourselves using our thinking, feeling & beliefs through our attitudes, nurturing & self talk, we are taking a role in determining which chemical composition is working and changing our genetic expression for the better.

A Monday Natter – Knowing your breast lumps

This is a subject close to my heart after several of my friends have endured battles with breast cancer and I now find myself having to go for a mammogram and scan to get a lump checked out. How many women each day go through this stress but find themselves with no knowledge about the subject other than from a cancer perspective. Well ladies, breast lumps don’t have to be as scarey as the words first seem so let’s debunk the myth that breast lump = cancer!  Please pass this information on to every woman that you know and help them become less fearful of what can be a very touchy feely subject (no pun intended) !

There are three kinds of benign breast lumps:

  • Cysts
  • Fibroadenomas
  • Pseudolumps
There is only one type of malignant breast lump :  Breast Cancer

 

Breast Lumps in Detail:

Breast Cysts:

What is it? This is a harmless (benign) fluid – filled sac of tissue. It can grow right within the breast tissue.What does it feel like? This breast lump will feel smooth and squishy. If you are pressing on a cyst, it will have some give to it, like a water balloon. A cyst can move around and can change in size during your menstrual cycle.

Where is it? Breast cysts can be located near the surface, or deeper inside, close to your chest wall. If the cyst is closer to the surface, it is easy to find and easy to distinguish from other lumps. But if it is deeper inside, it’s more difficult to distinguish it from other kinds of breast lumps, because when you press on it, you’re actually trying to work through layers of breast tissue, which may be dense and firm.

Treatment: Your doctor can help you determine that a lump is a harmless cyst, by doing afine needle aspiration with a syringe. This procedure removes the fluid from inside the cyst, which deflates and most likely will not return.

When does it appear? Commonly appears in women who are in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. They are most often found in women who are nearing menopause.

Does it show up on a mammogram? Yes


Breast Fibroadenomas:

What is it? This is a benign group of cells that support other kinds of cells in your breast. These are made of fibrous and glandular tissues.What does it feel like? This will feel like a round breast lump, and can be hard or firm. It can be moved around during a breast self-exam.

Where is it? These can be located near the surface of the breast and are easily felt.

Treatment: A fibroadenoma can be removed, if needed, with a lumpectomy, a laser ablation,or cryoablation. If there is some doubt about the fibroadenoma, it can biopsied, to make sure that it is harmless.

When does it appear? Usually appears in teens and younger women. May occur during pregnancy. Not common in post-menopausal women.

Does it show up on a mammogram?
Yes.

Breast Pseudolumps:

What is it? These are benign, and may be scar tissue, hardened silicone, necrotic (dead) fat, or a rib bone pressing into breast tissue and compressing it.

What does it feel like? This kind of breast lump can feel quite hard and usually doesn’t change shape or size during a menstrual cycle. It may or may not be movable, depending on what it is actually composed of.

Where is it? Pseudolumps can be located near the surface, or deeper inside the breast, close to the chest wall.

Treatment: To be sure that a pseudolump is harmless, get a mammogram and ultrasound, and if those are not clear, have a needle biopsy done, so that a tissue sample can be analyzed by a pathologist. If it is bothersome, you can have it surgically removed.

When does it appear? If you’ve previously had breast surgery or enhancement done, or if a rib has shifted, then a pseudolump may occur.

Can Pseudolumps Show up on a Mammogram? Maybe

Breast Cancer:

What is it? A malignant lump that is made of abnormal breast tissue cells, growing in an uncontrolled way.

What does it feel like? A malignant breast lump will have an irregular shape (not round) with a pebbly surface, somewhat like a golf ball. It will be very hard, like a slice of raw carrot. It may not be movable during a breast self-exam, but since tissue around it may move, it’s sometimes hard to know if the lump is moving, or if healthy tissue around it is moving. A clinical breast exam and a mammogram will help to clear up the diagnosis. Aneedle biopsy would provide more information about the lump.

Where is it? Breast cancer can be located near the surface, or deeper inside the breast, close to the chest wall. It can also occur in the armpit area, where there is more breast tissue.

Treatment: The lump itself may be treated with one, or a combination of therapies:surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone suppression therapy. Talking with your doctor will help you decide on the best treatment plan for your particular diagnosis.

When does it appear? Breast cancer may appear in women who are pubescent, in their fertile years, peri-menopausal, or postmenopausal.

Can breast cancer show up on a mammogram? Yes