Over the past 9 years I’ve experienced pain in my hip joints. Being a very active person, I typically would push through the pain to experience the joy of hiking or cycling. However, since the birth of my son three years ago, the pain became so severe that I couldn’t walk a block without tears coming to my eyes. I began a stretching routine to keep in shape, but that, too, was limited as my hip became more inflamed. I got x-rays and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the hip joints.
In August of 2001, I became ill with an infection which my immune system battled for over a month. Once I felt I had recovered, I was hit with another bug which again took away what little energy I had. This pattern continued for nearly 6 months with slight recovery and then dealings with another sickness. During that time I was seeing my chiropractor twice a week for adjustments which sometimes didn’t hold for 5 minutes. I was having trouble sleeping due to my hip pain and I was diligently searching for ways to help support my body to heal. In addition, during this time, I began to have problems with my thyroid and was experiencing many of the symptoms of early menopause including hot flashes, food cravings, anxiety and leg cramps.
Through my husband, I met a woman who shared with me the power of glyconutrients. I approached this new information with hesitation and doubt as I had tried any number of suggestions in an attempt for a cure. I have a scientific background with a degree in chemistry so it is natural for me research things and find out how they do what they claim to do. What I learned in simple terms is that our body can greatly benefit from these supplements because they help cells communicate with one another very effectively and they help the body to boost its immune response.
I began to take glyconutrients and the results have been beyond my expectations. Not only was my immune response strengthened (I now rarely get a cold), but my hip pain began to diminish. I now can hike for as long as I’d like without discomfort in my hips and I have increased energy and focus and overall wonderful health. It took a few more months, but all of my symptoms of early menopause are now gone and no more problems with my thyroid. ~Anne
What you do on Sunday morning may affect the rest of your life. People actively involved in religious organizations live longer, healthier lives, says a new study.
“Religious organizations are frequently involved in public health campaigns and supportive programs to assist marginal members of their communities,” said Dr. William J. Strawbridge, lead author of the study, which was conducted as a joint project for the California Public Health Foundation and the California Department of Health Services. The researchers studied 5,286 Californians over a period of 28 years and represented people of the Catholic, Protestant, Seventh Day Adventist/Mormon, Fundamentalists and “other/none” faiths.
Lower death rates are only one benefits of a strong belief system. More social contact, a longer marriage, more exercise and a better likelihood of quitting smoking are a few of the benefits of attending religious services frequently, researchers concluded.
The research team speculates that faith brings psychological perks of a better attitude in the face of sickness and death. Churchgoers often use faith as a coping mechanism and have a better support system for dealing with stress in their lives.
SOURCE: American Journal of Public Health (1997; 87:957-961), as reported on Reuters News Wire Service, July 11, 1997.
Coronary heart disease has long been associated with advancing age. Is the breakdown of coronary arteries inherently connected with aging? A new study of Chinese and Australian men suggests this may not be the case, reports a recent Reuters wire release. Scientists are looking further to discover why the Chinese men possessed a “protection” from artery deterioration that the Australians did not.
Cardiovascular disease, concluded the research team, “is not an inevitable consequence of aging, but might be related to prolonged exposure to environmental factors more prevalent in westernized countries than in China.”
Dr. Kam S. Woo, a researcher at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, and his team studied the capacity of the patients’ blood vessels to expand and contract in response exercise or other stress using ultrasound imaging equipment. Researchers studied 76 healthy adults; 38 from Sydney, Australia and 38 from Shek Kei, a small village in southern China. Half of the subjects were under 40 years old and half were between the ages of 55 and 70.
In younger adults from both countries, artery aging was progressing at a similar pace. In the older adults, however, the Chinese men had far less aging than the Australian men.
Researchers suggest the differences may be connected with food intake. While cholesterol levels from both groups were about even, the Chinese diet includes flavonoids, which are health-promoting antioxidants. Green tea, a traditional part of the Chinese diet, contains a flavonoid that has been shown to insulate artery walls from damage.
“If we could only find out what it is that protects the Chinese and apply it in the West, we would have a very important breakthrough,” said Dr. David S. Celermajer, of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, the senior author of the study.
SOURCE: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, as reported in a Reuters news wire report, July 1, 1997.
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