Rescue Me… From Gout.

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”  We have all heard this statement throughout our lives.  Did you know that an apple a day can keep gout away?  Gout is a buildup of crystals in the joints caused by excess uric acid in the blood and is very painful.  High levels of this acid can be caused by dehydration, improper kidney function, and poor diet.  If left untreated or treated improperly, the gout can spread to other joints.

Cherries are another excellent way to prevent and cure gout. 15 to 16 tart cherries a day can prevent gout from even occurring.  The acid and Vitamin C in these fruits have been proven to both prevent and cure gout by reducing the uric acid in the blood without the harmful side effects of prescription drugs.

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The Effectiveness of Home Remedies by B.Smith II

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Home remedies have been treating numerous ailments of the human body for hundreds of years.  There are hundreds of them at our disposal and they have grown more prevalent and common over the years.  Medical documents, books, and journals have been written on the effectiveness of these home remedies, showing them to be a safe and inexpensive alternative to prescription drugs for minor ailments, with little to no side effects.  They have been proven to be essential and very valuable for treating common everyday ailments and for helping to maintain a healthy body.  The human body has amazing defenses and healing powers… when it is in balance.  Poor diet, malnutrition, poor lifestyle, improper sleep, and a host of other poor choices can throw the body out of balance and ailments can occur.  Although these factors are not necessarily the direct cause of sickness and disease, but they make the body less able to protect and heal itself, causing it to be a lot more susceptible to a host of different ailments.  Then, if left untreated, the problem will progress.  The remedy in and of itself isn’t what really cures you, but the remedy puts the body back in balance, which in turn, the body can protect and heal itself once again.

There are many reasons for choosing home remedies over prescriptions drugs:

  1. They are inexpensive.
  2. Most can be found right in your kitchen.
  3. They are all natural and not loaded with man-made chemicals.
  4. They treat the root cause of the ailment and not just the symptoms.
  5. They place the body back into balance to promote self-healing and self-protection.
  6. There are very little, if any, side effects.
  7. There are just as many, if not more, home remedies to treat ailments as there are prescription drugs.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”   That is so very true.   Eating healthy foods, exercising, drinking plenty of water, and getting plenty of rest are the tools for maintaining a healthy body. However, not everyone uses these tools to their advantage.  They must them rely on home remedies to treat their ailments that could have been prevented and/or spend a lot of money on doctors and prescriptions.  From acne to warts, there is a drug for just about every ailment out there and have many side effects that are sometimes worse than the symptoms.  Would you want to place yourself or someone you love through a bunch of drug treatments, with any of the side effects, for their ailments when they could have been easily prevented and easily cured?

Why Juicing Works: A Cardiologist Explains by Dr. Joel Kahn

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Tonight my head is spinning like a centrifugal juicer after attending a lecture by Joe Cross, star of the documentary Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. The movie, which chronicles one man’s journey to health through juicing, moved me a few years ago to purchase my first juicer. It began what is now a regular practice of making fresh green juice several times a week and purchasing fresh cold pressed juice around town regularly.

Joe’s presentation on both using juicing as a method to “reboot” a sick body and mind and also as a supplement to an overall plant-based, whole foods diet was inspiring and medically very accurate. But why is it that juicing is an effective means of redirecting one’s health—whether the goal is vitality, weight loss, or even disease reversal?

Cells in the body require nutrients (i.e. vitamins and minerals) to function optimally. Many of these are referred to as micronutrients, to distinguish them from the macronutrient classes of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. When cells receive adequate micronutrients, you feel energized and full. On the other hand, many foods provide calories from macronutrients, but are devoid of the essential micronutrients cells crave. These are calorie-dense, nutrition-poor foods and this characterizes most processed foods.

Let’s look at a few more reasons why vegetables, legumes, seeds, and nuts are so powerful. They provide:

1. Fiber.

This is the indigestible portion of plants. Diets high in fiber are associated with lower risks of heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes, and obesity. In the Nurses Health Study, one of the longest-running studies of women’s health, women who ate more fiber were more likely to live longer. There is fiber in broccoli, beans and other members of the vegetable and fruit families, but none will be found in bagels, burgers and almost all other processed foods.

2. Phytonutrients.

These are a family of chemicals found only in plants that often give the color to v vegetables but also confer many health benefits. Many of these plant-based chemicals are anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer, such as the sulforphane found in broccoli. There are perhaps 10,000 of these health-promoting chemicals in the edible plant world. (You’ll never find phytonutrients in a bagel.)

3. Antioxidants.

Many chemicals found in plants confer a resistance to the damage that can occur to the human body from oxygen and the process of metabolism. Just as rust can destroy metal, oxidation can lead to diseased arteries or brain cells, and contributes to diabetes and other conditions. Within plants are chemicals such as carotenoids, polyphenols, and flavonoids that are natural antioxidants.

4. Omega-3 fatty acids.

These essential fatty acids, including DHA and EPA, are taken into cell membranes and used for the internal workings and repair of cells throughout the body. While seafood can provide Omega-3 fatty acids, they’re typically absent from other animal products. Flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds, algae and soy are some of the plant-based foods rich in this nutrient class.

So …. how does this get us back to Joe Cross and juicing?

The USDA recommends five or more servings of vegetables and fruits daily while Canadian authorities set the bar higher, saying 10 servings a day is optimal.

In order to consistently ingest this large amount of plant-based material, we need to do some planning.

Some ideas to get your greens: preparing large salads, adding greens in soups, and blending smoothies with berries and greens for a power breakfast or a snack. Juicing is just one more tool you can use to build a plant-based nutrition program rich in phytochemicals, and it can make it easier to reach your goal of 5 to 10 servings a day of vegetables.

As Joe Cross said, “If you let people in white lab coats design your food, you’ll see people in white coats to treat your disease.”

Happy juicing!

DrJoelKahn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author: Dr. Joel Kahn

Dr. Kahn is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Medical Director of Preventive Cardiology at the Detroit Medical Center. He is a graduate Summa Cum Laude of the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He lectures widely on the cardiac benefits of vegan nutrition and mind body practices.

Fruits, Veggies, and Other Goodies

 

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It seems like these days, healthy eating has become such a multi-billion-dollar industry that everyone knows what it’s like to get bombarded by ‘The New Health Food!’ ads for Acai whatnot and Goji Berry thingamajig. It’s an unfortunate aspect of our pharmaceutical culture that we’ve learned to look for cures for specific ills, and we treat food the same way. Cranberries for UTIs, carrots for vision problems, prunes for constipation…we’re treating food like it’s medicine, and it’s failing us. We need a new health food regimen.

It’s true that Hippocrates said “Make food your medicine and medicine your food”, but that’s not what he meant. By eating right in general — every day — we prevent far more illnesses than we could ever hope to treat. The point is not to respond to conditions by seeking a super food, it’s to prevent conditions by getting proper nutrition.

Consume a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables while staying within energy needs. Two cups of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables per day are recommended for a reference 2,000-calorie intake, with higher or lower amounts depending on the calorie level.

Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables each day. In particular, select from all five vegetable subgroups (dark green, orange, legumes, starchy vegetables, and other vegetables) several times a week.

Consume 3 or more ounce-equivalents of whole-grain products per day, with the rest of the recommended grains coming from enriched or whole-grain products. In general, at least half the grains should come from whole grains.

Consume 3 cups per day of fat-free or low-fat milk or equivalent milk products.