Monday, June 27, 2011

Stress Diseases Affect Health, Part 1

The term "stress diseases" is applied to conditions which show bodily symptoms originating from the nervous and parasympathetic systems.

Diseases like toxic goiter (hyperthyroidism/thyrotoxicosis), high blood pressure (nonrenal hypertension) and duodenal ulcer belong to this group.

When life was less stressful, such diseases were rare. But with the rush and hurry of modern life they have become more common.

Unfortunately, stress diseases attack the most useful members of society: the intelligent, ambitious and hard-working ones. Those who are placid and less ambitious seldom suffer. Thus we find people living closest to nature, such as primitive savages, completely free from these complaints. Nature, it seems, takes a heavy toll among those who disobey her laws; the occurrence of these diseases is more prevalent in developed and industrialized countries.

Those who combine hard work with considerable responsibility and anxiety are potential victims of the stress diseases. We find executives, doctors and other professionals suffering from duodenal ulcer. Irregular working hours and hurried meals combine to produce that state of anxiety and nervous tension which leads to eventual breakdown.

Nobody can digest and enjoy a meal if he is worried and upset. Is it any wonder that a state of constant worry and anxiety can cause digestive disorders that may lead to duodenal ulcer?

Competition is intense in modern society and a person must strive hard to make a difference in a highly competitive environment. If he is fortunate enough to succeed, he must fight harder to stay on top. There is the constant fear that somebody might displace him. At the start, there are frustrations confronting him and anxieties to overcome. Then let us not forget that the worst enemy is--you guess it--himself.

For financial reasons, marriage may not be possible until the professional is ready to support a family. Often he may be embittered by lack of worldly success, sometimes even the envy of those who have gotten on better than himself adds to his unhappiness.

(In the next posting, we will address the relationship between mental-emotional stresses and bodily disorders, commonly known as "psychosomatic diseases")

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cardiovascular Chelation

"Chelation is the intravenous administering of amino acid and nutrients to declog the circulatory system," said veteran cardiologist Arturo Estuita, M.D., a pioneer (since 1964) of Cardiovascular Chelation in the Philippines, whom I interviewed in his clinic two weeks ago.

Dr. Estuita explained: "Chelation Therapy is an integrative, safe and scientific method of declogging blocked arteries without surgery. It is a cheaper and more effective alternative to Heart Bypass and Angioplasty; it is non-surgical and therefore non-invasive; it involves the intake of natural micro-nutrients as chelating agents in the declogging process. Together with a healthy lifestyle (no smoking, healthy diet, exercise), Chelation not only treats cardiovascular disorders but also improves general health such as blood circulation, reduced arthritis, and increased stamina."

Compared with Bypass and Angioplasty (which has a higher rate of recurrence), Chelation Therapy fares much better. Dr. Estuita said that with 30 Chelation Therapy sessions (or "infusion"), 98.5% of patients recover from blockages from the leg, 93.5% in the heart (the ones with partial blocks) and 85.90% for blockages in the brain, with 60 infusions.

An interesting information that many of us may not know is that Chelation declogs the whole 75 kilometers of arteries, while a heart bypass surgery only deals with a few centimeters; it directly deals with the fatty plaques and calcium clogging the arteries, flushing them out through the urine.

"Arteriosclerosis (a thickening and loss of elasticity of the walls of the arteries) is systemic and generalized. If you get a heart attack, it just means that it manifested itself ahead of the rest of the system. It's like an old house with old plumbing. Just because one of the pipes gets rusty today does not mean the rest of the system isn't rusty as well. It only means that the damage is more advanced in that part. Sometimes the stroke happens before a heart attack, but in reality, the plaque is already all over the system. This is where Chelation comes in--it will take out the blockage wherever it may be.

"Chelation Therapy is holistic, in a sense that all risk factors or causes are taken out. Even the stress caused by bitterness, anger, and resentment against people, is addressed. If you harbor a grudge, it's hard to get better (if ever you get better at all). We don't just tell them to change their lifestyle in terms of eating and exercise, but we deal with their emotions as well.

"Another benefit in Chelation is your biological age goes down by at least ten years. It's a great anti-aging treatment that deals with your internal system. If you combine this with external treatments (cosmetic, plastic surgery, and other skin treatments), then you'll be really young-- both in how you feel inside and how you look," concluded Dr. Estuita.

TIDBIT: Do you know that Chelation can reverse diabetes? Yes, seventy-five percent of Dr. Estuita's diabetes patients get reversed, although people do not go to the clinic for diabetes treatment but to address its complications.

(The Estuita Medical Preventive Cardiology Clinic is located at 1986 Taft Avenue, Pasay City, Philippines; email:

Monday, June 13, 2011

The What & Why of Exercise

Why exercise? It is almost impossible to enjoy good health and physical fitness without a program of regular exercise.

The three essentials needed to achieve excellent health are proper nutrition, adequate rest and a regular, systematic exercise. Then add another, though less appreciated ingredient to improve your health, fitness and longevity: positive mental attitude.

Worry, anger and negative thinking do not contribute to a happy and peaceful life. Although diet, rest and exercise lead to good health, positive thinking leads to positive action.

What is proper exercise? Exercising regularly for good health and fitness differs from the type of exercise an athlete pursues to improve his skill which involves speed or endurance.

The goal of the average individual is to stay in good condition to be able to meet all his daily activities without difficulty or discomfort. Proper exercise, according to Bill Pearl, one of the world's best-built men, is a planned, supervised program designed to improve and maintain bodily measurements to normal symmetrical proportions, and to tone the muscles at normal and optimum efficiency. Once the body is conditioned, then proper exercise makes the individual feel as though his body has had a thorough workout, but not completely exhausted.

Anyone, provided he or she is in reasonably good health and without any medical impairment, can undertake a well-planned weight training program to improve both health and body proportion to ideal measurements, thereby improving his personal appearance.

In addition to helping one feel and look better, progressive weight training improves coordination, balance, and control of the skeletal muscles. It is, according to physical culturists, the fastest way known to build strength. Great athletes use some type of progressive resistance exercise to improve speed and reaction.

Other benefits of exercise. In addition to contributing to better health and a longer lifespan, proper exercise improves one's quality of life. It alleviates depression, decreases anxiety, improves concentration, increases stamina and helps one (along with proper nutrition) to gain, lose, or maintain the correct body weight.

Exercise strengthens the heart, tones the muscles, improves circulation, removes fatigue acids and other poisons from the system. Besides strengthening the body, exercise improves the utilization and distribution of oxygen; makes joints flexible; improves appetite, digestion and elimination.

With the health benefits of exercise, is it any wonder that one enjoys a longer and better quality of life?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Cancer Prevention

Do you know that cancer can be prevented?

An early study, conducted by the Cuayu Research & Consultants, appeared in the March 1980 (Vol. 1, No. 1) issue of the publication, D'Cancer, Nutritional & Metabolic Pioneers. Here are the data published in the journal:

  • Avoid overeating. Overeating taxes the digestive system, causing metabolic diseases, including cancer. So eat moderately.
  • Eat well-balanced meals. You should balance the intake of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, including a generous serving of fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid air pollution. Automotive gas exhaust and cigarette smoke contain hydrocarbons which are carcinogenic or cancer-causing.
  • Minimize food preservatives and additives. Nitrates and nitrites, used as preservatives in meats, are to be minimized.
  • Minimize cigarette-smoking and drinking liquors. It has been proven that smoking is directly linked to lung cancer.
  • Avoid overexposure to sunlight and x-rays. Overexposure to sunlight and x-ray radiation can induce cancer.
  • Exercise regularly. Physical exercise promotes normal metabolism and blood circulation.
  • Minimize eating smoked-fish. The Japanese claim that hydrocarbons (benzpyrene) in smoked fish can cause stomach cancer.
There are also increasing evidences that link cancer to environmental factors and diet. Here are some of them:

  • Cigarette smoking - Lung cancer
  • Heavy alcoholic consumption combined with cigarette smoking - Esophageal cancer
  • Low fiber diet, too many fatty refined foods - Colon cancer
  • Eating cooked foods left unrefrigerated - Stomach cancer
  • High fat diet - Breast cancer
  • Pipe and cigar smoking - Lip cancer
  • Sunbathing, overexposure to the sun - Skin cancer
  • Early sex with multiple partners - Cervical cancer
TIDBITS. Carrots, aside from being an excellent source of vitamin A, is a good blood cleanser. When eaten raw, carrots will expel worms.

Carrots, anyone?