Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Copper And Your Health

Copper And Your Health
 by: John Sanderson
Copper is a trace element mineral that serves a wide variety of purposes within the body, both on its own and as a cofactor, meaning it is an essential part of chemical processes that involve other vitamins, minerals, other nutrients or other substances. Although the body requires a comparatively tiny amount of copper per day, even that little bit is essential to optimum health and performance.
Copper came to be recognized as in the 1870's as a basic part of our blood. This mineral is called an elemental because it is a metal. In terms of concentration, it is the third greatest metal present in our bodies. Copper is present throughout the body, and serves many purposes that influence physical and mental health and function. In addition to the influence it has independently, it acts as a cofactor, or partner, in many enzymes and processes, affecting a wide variety of bodily functions and systems.
Copper works with Vitamin C in the production of collagen and elastin, which are connective tissues that, quite literally, hold the body together. In addition to this aspect of wound healing, copper also has a role in the first step to wound healing – blood clotting. It also partners with iron in the making of red blood cells, which serve the essential purpose of bringing oxygen throughout the body, as well as helps the body to absorb and use iron. It is helps to make bones, working with calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, Vitamin D and Vitamin C.
Melanin, the substance that gives skin and hair their color, requires copper for its production. Copper has a role in the production of hormones that come from the thyroid, and thus is important to the body's rate of metabolism, which in turn affects body weight. Body weight affects the start of puberty and the onset of sexual maturity. Copper has a role in the nervous system, as well. It is necessary in the creation of the myelin sheath, which protects nerves and enhances their communication. The connective tissues and nerves in the brain require copper for both structure and function. Copper also serves as a cofactor in the production of the body's important antioxidant enzymes, making a significant contribution to the control of damaging free radicals.
Copper has a role in each of the body's major systems and processes. As a trace element, the body requires just a tiny bit of copper daily. Adults should have just 1.5mg to 3mg per day. It is important to note that too much copper can be toxic to the body's system. The body's systems are basic are regulated by chemical reactions, and the chemicals in the body are a delicately balanced group.
Nutritional supplements can offer a safe and reliable means of making sure that the body receives all the nutrients that it needs daily. However, when using supplements, it is important to be aware of the upper levels of tolerance, and to make sure that your dietary supplement dosages fall within that range, staying well below toxic points and maintaining the system's healthful balance.

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Inactivity, Not Aging Causes Most of our Health Problems

Inactivity, Not Aging Causes Most of our Health Problems
 by: Raymond Kelly
Just like the young, older people can gain many benefits from exercising. Life can be made a lot easier through improvements in strength, balance, coordination, and mobility. If the person has not exercised for a while, they must start slow. Even walking 10 minutes per day will give them great benefits.
Weight training is also a great option. Start them on a 20 minute program (3-4 exercises), and increase them from there as they adapt. Keep sets at 2-3, reps at 10-15, and the rest interval between sets at 90 seconds.
The facts: Improvements in fitness and oxygen consumption with training are similar for younger or older men and women. Though, an older person will generally start at a lower level and peak at a lower level than a younger person. Older subjects show greater gains in muscle oxidative enzyme activities. Aging appears neither to impair the ability to improve muscle strength nor prevent muscle growth. Exercise can help arthritic patients by increasing strength and mobility. Older people who exercise have: Higher VO2max values and half the expected decrease in VO2max due to age Higher HDL cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol Enhanced glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity Greater strength, reaction time, and a lower risk of falling Increased bone density (reduced chance of osteoporosis)
Guidelines: Always get a medical examination and clearance before starting an exercise program. All equipment should be safe and inspected regularly for defects. Training equipment should be located in an uncrowded area. There must be adequate supervision by an experienced and registered trainer to ensure correct technique is used. Programs should start with regular stretching and strengthening exercises, with a progression to more dynamic aerobic activities. Cycling and swimming are recommended over jogging. Older people are generally less tolerant of environmental stress so restrict training in extreme temperatures. Until they are experienced in weight training, only use exercises that require them to keep both feet on the ground (e.g. Squats instead of Lunges). This will reduce their risk of falling and injuring themselves. Ensure all abdominal work is done on the floor and not on the Swiss Ball. Only light lifting should be done above the head. No isometric exercises.
Copyright 2005 Raymond Kelly

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Are You An Experimental Lab Rat?

Are You An Experimental Lab Rat?
 by: Randy Stafford
At the age of 17, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. My doctor couldn't hardly believe it. That was back in 1975. I wasn't fat, in fact I was almost pure muscle. I was hyper and couldn't stay still. I had to be doing something all the time. I felt like I was just like anyone else.
According to the blood pressure reading, I was an odd ball. My doctor told me it's unusual for a 17 year old to have high blood pressure. However, he didn't just start writing prescriptions then. I told him I was very nervous around doctors and maybe that was what the deal was. I told him that I haven't eaten all day either. He suggested that I go eat and come back.
Once I got back, instead of instantly putting on the blood pressure cuff, he decided to talk to me a little. I figured he was trying to get me to relax. Well, it worked! My blood pressure was actually lower than normal.
Two years later, I decide to enlist to United States Marine Corp. During my examination, my blood pressure reading was high. Same thing happened, I was told to go eat and come back. I passed the examination with flying colors or should I say numbers.
Three years later, I decided to drive a truck cross country. I had to pass a "D.O.T." examination. "Basically a physical." Again, my blood pressure was high and instead of the doctor listening to my back ground of what has happened before, he started writing a prescription for "Inderol".
Oh yes, I was placed on drugs for high blood pressure at age 22. They finally got me. I am now part of the "legal druggies of America".
My doctor did not tell me that I would have side affects to the drug. It apparently didn't matter to him. I suppose side affects can also be treated which most of my experience now tell me that this happens a lot.
The next time I went to see this doctor was around 2 weeks later. The nurse instantly grabs the blood pressure cuff and starts pumping away. After she takes the reading, she acts like it's suppose to be some sort of secret. She doesn't tell me what it was or anything. She hardly even spoke to me. I bet she hated her job. At this point I felt like a lab rat. The feeling got stronger when the doctor came in and told me the results.
The first thing the doctor does is look at the chart. He reads the blood pressure reading and tells me he's going to up the medicine. This routine went on for about 3 months till I was taking enough drugs to kill a small child. I believe I was taking "160 mg or inderol", "80 mg of Inderide" and "40 mg of elevil".
I may add that even after taking all these drugs, the blood pressure reading was still elevated while in the doctors office. I told the doctor that I bought me a blood pressure cuff of my own. I felt like I was taking drugs for no reason. I complained about my sexual inadequacies. I also thought after previous complaints that I'd better shut up because this doctor was not about to take drugs away. He was real good about subscribing them.
This kind of makes you wonder why we have a drug problem in America. I don't see any problem at all. If you don't want to take drugs, your doctor is going to insist on it. Maybe the problem is the lack of revenue to the pharmacies if you take illegal drugs. The way I see it if you want a drug, go to the doctor.
Well, I took those stupid drugs for about 7 years and stopped taking them on my own at the age of 29. I knew for a fact that my blood pressure readings were low. But needless to say, the doctor was real mad.
First he stated that I should never ever stop a drug without consulting a doctor first. Second, he said that the drug dose I was taking were leathal doses and had to be stopped gradually. Third, he made me feel stupid by telling me that he should take me over to the hospital and show me a victim of "Stroke".
Well, enough of that. I quit going to that doctor. I wrote a letter to another doctor in town before making the appointment and told my story. I also told him that when I come in, he needs to spend some time to talk with me. I have no desire to take drugs since I am convinced that my blood pressure is normal when away from doctors. (Most of these doctors did not know what White Coat Hypertension was.)
Stopping those drugs instantly like that really had no affect on me. I monitored my own blood pressure. I suppose some doctors believe they are the only ones that can take a blood pressure reading. I took mine so often, I could tell you what part of the day it's the highest. The only thing the doctor knew was it was high while in the office. Did they listen? This doctor did and diagnosed me as having anxiety problems.
For two weeks, he decided to try me on "VALIUM" to conclude his diagnoses. When it was proven that my blood pressure readings were low with the "Valium", he took me off of it and told me that we needed to find the root of my problems. He had no intentions of keeping me on 'Valium".
Shortly after my diagnosis, that old doctor died. I wasn't going to take a chance and start all over, I lived with my anxiety problem till 2001. No drugs of any kind was taken during that 13 year stretch.
In my forties, it is necessary to see a doctor now and then. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure again. Back to the drawing board as one could say. I took the drugs for a while and decided to go back and monitor my own blood pressure again.
Right before I go into the doctors office, I would write down my blood pressure. It was just about perfect according to statistics. It read 117 over 77 or so. When the doctor took it, it was quite a bit higher. I tried to explain. I can see that most doctors ignore what you say. They have their own conclusions and they believe they know you after taking 2 readings.
Last year, I stopped the blood pressure pills again. My readings are about 121 over 70 to 78.
It may be time for the world to start educating them selves more. A blood pressure reading is a mere symptom. If you treat the symptom, you are still faced with the problem. It's been said that there are lots of reasons for high blood pressure. Most doctors fail to try and find that reason. It's far easier to give a pill and send you on your way.
I believe drugs killed my mother and they will eventually kill me.
I wonder what doctors mean when they say the person dies of natural causes! At what age would be considered natural to die at?
I was told that my mother died of heart failure. She took a handful of pills prescribed by doctors. I still wonder to this day why she died at 50? Who came up with what a normal blood pressure reading is?
Please forgive me if you don't agree with me. Everything I write is of my own experience and opinions. I don't ever want you to think that what I do is okay for you to do. This article is for your own entertainment. I am not a doctor, scientist or a medical expert. I am just another experimental lab rat.
Randall Stafford
Copyright 2005 RS Marketing News


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What The (Bleep???) Is A Chi Machine?

What The (Bleep???) Is A Chi Machine?
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The benefits of the chi machine are enormous. Since 1990 approximately half a million chi machines have been sold worldwide and the numbers continue to climb the more people find out about the amazing health successes associated with its use.
Based on the idea that all sickness is caused by a disruption in the natural flow of chi ("chi" in chinese refers to "life force" or "life energy"), the chi machine is known for re-aligning chi and bringing healing and health to the suffering body.
The idea of the chi machine was conceived by Dr. Shizuo Inoue, who came up with the chi machine while watching swimming goldfish.
He noticed that goldfish had well toned bodies and realized it was due to the steady undulation of the fishes spine while swimming that kept the fish well oxygenated and fit.
After spending decades studying the relationship between oxygen and the healthy human body, Inoue wondered how he could bring the same benefits fish enjoyed to the human being, hence the creation of the first chi machine.
The chi machine works on the principle that optimal oxygen intake is vital to good health. The chi machine provides good health by moving our bodies in a motion similar to that of fish, thereby stimulating the spinal cord, the sympathetic nerve and expanding the bronchus to increase the amount of oxygen intake.
Because modern day health dangers like bad air, chemicals, processed foods, improper diet and exercise, all take toll on our health and vitality, the chi machine is your best bet to help your body heal.
Just by using the chi machine you will release unwanted toxins, improve your stamina, increase your metabolism, and fight chronic and debilitating illnesses, all without putting stress on parts of the body such as vertebrae joints, heart and lungs.
If you are suffering from poor circulation, tired and sore muscles, asthma, poor digestion, constipation, arthritis, pain, nervousness, insomnia, poor organ function, menstrual problems and other conditions, the chi machine is your ally in restoring your body back to health and vitality.

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